Sandwell health boss fears coronavirus cases will increase after West Brom celebrations

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Around 1,000 people gathered outside the Hawthorns to celebrate West Bromwich Albion's promotion back to the Premier League despite pleas from the club to stay away and adhere to social distancing rules.

The Director of Public Health England in Sandwell is concerned that coronavirus cases in the borough will increase after the celebrations at the Hawthorns.

Lisa McNally Director of Public Health for Sandwell

West Brom secured promotion back to the Premier League after a two-year absence following a 2-2 draw against Queens Park Rangers.

Goals from Grady Diangana and Callum Robinson were enough to take Slaven Bilic's side back to England's top division.

The football club asked fans not to gather outside the Hawthorns but some fans ignored this request to celebrate their team's promotion.

There has been A huge spike in coronavirus cases in Smethwick with 35 cases there in just over a week.

West Midlands Police has told ITV News Central there was no disorder and no arrests following the game last night.

We spoke to people outside the Hawthorns today to get their reaction to last night's celebrations.