The Football Association have announced that both Aston Villa and Reading have been charged for the pitch invasions following their FA Cup quarter-final victories.
Villa beat local rivals West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Villa Park on the 7th March but the talking point came when home fans rushed the pitch before the game was over, nearly forcing the referee to abandon the game with two minutes to go.
After the full-time whistle, the Villa faithful invaded the pitch joyful at the victory over West Brom but it was taken a step further when Albion players appeared to be pushed by the fans on the pitch.
In the away stand, seats were ripped up and chucked as the occasions turned into scenes reminiscent of the 1980’s. The FA described the viewing as “disturbing” which was a sentiment echoed by Albion’s statement when accepting Villa’s public apology.
Mark Roberts, the national lead officer for football policing, queried about the kick-off time of the game, which got underway at 17:30 GMT. The kick-off time allowed both sets of fans to be drinking all day before arriving at the stadium.
Meanwhile, on the 16th March, Reading beat Bradford City 3-0 to seal a semi-final tie with Arsenal, but once again, the scenes following the game filled the headlines. The home fans emptied the stands onto the pitch with delirium, but the FA are not happy with the behavior.
Both Villa and Reading could be fined heavily for the incidents and have until April 23rd to respond to the charges.
News report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)
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