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Birmingham City to investigate crowd violence

Thu 2nd Dec 2010 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Birmingham City’s Carling Cup win over local rivals Aston Villa was overshadowed by violent clashes between the club’s fans.

Fourteen people were treated in hospital and five arrests were made after hundreds of fans invaded the pitch, ripped and hurled seating and threw flares.

On the eve of the World Cup bid, the FA has said it would launch a full investigation into the trouble.

Birmingham released a statement last night condemning the violence.

Birmingham City Football Club is disappointed with scenes at St. Andrew’s following the Carling Cup tie against Aston Villa.

The Club does not tolerate the breaking of any stadium rules and will conduct a full investigation in conjunction with the FA and Police and take appropriate action.

A meeting will be held at St. Andrew’s on Thursday to investigate the matter further.

Blues Acting Chairman Peter Pannu said: “Whilst we are very happy with the victory we are extremely disappointed with the events that took place after the game.

“I promise there will be an impartial investigation by the club as we do not condone the embarrassing actions of certain individuals.

“An urgent meeting has been called involving all parties concerned and we will of course support the football authorities and police in this investigation.”

 

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