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Two charged following pre-match disturbance at pub near Villa Park

The disturbance took place at the Witton Arms pub near Villa Park Credit: Google Street View

Two men have been charged following a disturbance at a pub near Villa Park.

The disturbance, at the Witton Arms pub, happened on Saturday before the FA Cup quarter final match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.

Matthew Fox, 27, from Stourbridge, has been charged with assaulting a police officer and bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 19 March.

Matthew Owen, 37, from Walsall, has been charged with using threatening words or behaviour with intent. He has been bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 19 March.

A total of 17 people were arrested on Saturday - 13 of the arrests took place at the Witton Arms pub.

Meanwhile, David Moore, 26, from Birmingham, was charged with failing to comply with a football banning notice.


Chris Brunt charged by FA

Chris Brunt Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Chris Brunt has been charged by the Football Association after allegedly using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a match official at the end of Saturday's FA Cup tie at Aston Villa.

Brunt, who was captain on the day, has until 6pm on Thursday 12 March 2015 to respond to the charge.

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West Brom release statement over crowd trouble at Aston Villa

Fans invaded the pitch at half-time. Credit: Reuters

West Brom have vowed to take strong action against any of the club's fans found to have been involved in disturbances at the FA Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Seats were thrown from the Albion section and Villa supporters invaded the pitch twice during the game as Tim Sherwood's men beat the Baggies 2-0 on Saturday to reach the semi-finals.

Villa issued an apology after the game to "the Football Association, the West Bromwich Albion directors, manager Tony Pulis and all his staff and players" and Albion announced in a statement on Sunday that the apology had been "received in the spirit with which it was intended".

"West Bromwich Albion note the public apology issued by Aston Villa FC in the wake of the disturbing scenes during and after the FA Cup quarter-final at Villa Park," read the statement.

"The apology is received in the spirit with which it was intended.

"The club is also aware of reports of serious misbehaviour involving some of its own supporters.

"It issues an uncompromising reminder today that any supporter found guilty of disorder offences can expect the appropriate sanction from the club. West Bromwich Albion will continue to operate zero tolerance to any fans who bring the club's reputation into disrepute.

"The club also welcomes the FA investigation into the scenes and how they came about; West Bromwich Albion will co-operate fully.

"Pitch invasions cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. The safety of the club's players and staff during and at the end of the game was clearly compromised and that has to be a subject of deep concern for everyone involved."


Reports: Fabian Delph 'bitten' by overexcited fans

There are reports that Villa goalscorer Fabian Delph was bitten by fans during the pitch invasion, following today's FA Cup clash against West Bromwich Albion.

"My armband got nicked, someone got my left boot, but I could appreciate the relief the fans are feeling after a result like that. It was dangerous. Someone tried to take my boot off. People tried to kiss me and were biting me. It was scary."

– Fabian Delph, quoted in the Telegraph
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