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Aston Villa fined £200k for not stopping pitch invasion

The pitch invasion on March 7 Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Aston Villa have been fined £200,000 for not stopping a pitch invasion by fans during their Sixth Round tie against West Bromwich Albion on 7 March.

The club admitted spectator misconduct and was charged for 'failing to ensure that no spectators or unauthorised persons were permitted to encroach onto the pitch area whilst attending the game at Villa Park'

The Football Association says the club was also severely warned about future conduct.


Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships coming to Staffordshire

Footballers from 16 nations across the world will be in Staffordshire next month as England hosts the Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships.

The seven-a-side version of the game was developed for players who have a brain injury or learning difficulties.

It has inspired others to join in a special training session at West Bromwich Albion backed by professionals. Stacey Foster reports.

Head injuries on agenda for FA experts' panel after Jeff Astle case

The FA has asked a number of leading professionals in head injury and concussion to form a new independent panel of experts to advise the organisation and football in England.

Jeff Astle Credit: PA

In recent years there has been an increasing awareness of the possible effects of head injuries and concussion across a number of sports including football, driven by the high-profile case of former West Bromwich Albion and England forward Jeff Astle.

At the weekend, Albion honoured their former centre-forward and celebrated his career at the fixture against Leicester City, playing in the famous all-white kit they wore in the 1968 FA Cup Final win over Everton, when Astle scored the only goal of the game to complete his record of scoring in every round of the Cup.

Brain injury foundation launched in honour of Jeff Astle

The family of former West Bromwich Albion and Notts County footballer Jeff Astle are launching a new foundation aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of brain injury in sport.

The former striker died in 2002 aged 59 from a brain condition normally related to boxing.

Jeff scored the winning goal in the 1968 FA Cup final and was a member of the 1970 World Cup squad.

Jeff Astle Credit: PA

He was the first British professional footballer confirmed to have died from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) - a progressive, degenerative brain disease found in individuals with a history of head injury, often as a result of multiple concussions.

In his case, it was the repeated low level brain trauma believed to have been caused from the repeated heading of footballs.

The foundation will be launched at West Brom's game against Leicester this afternoon.


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