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Birmingham City vow to take stringent action against trouble makers

Thu 2nd Dec 2010 | Legal

Birmingham City Football Club have said that no effort would be spared to identify the individuals who marred the Carling Cup quarter-final victory over Aston Villa.

The Blues are extremely disappointed that the scenes after the full-time whistle took the gloss off the club’s progression to the semi-finals of the competition.

But now club officials are working with police and the relevant authorities in scouring CCTV footage and photography – as well as ploughing through witness statements sent to the club by supporters – to identify culprits.

They also say that anyone found guilty of any disorder will face stringent action.

Senior club personnel met at St. Andrew’s this morning (Thursday) to discuss all of the above and a further meeting will take place next week involving the club, Aston Villa, the local authority, safety advisory committee and the emergency services.

As well as identifying and punishing any trouble causers the club is also determined to maintain the family friendly atmosphere inside the stadium that only a couple of years ago saw the club win football’s Family Excellence Award.

a statement by the club read;

"Anyone who threatens to derail Birmingham City’s ethos of welcoming families to the stadium is not welcome at St. Andrew’s and actions like those of certain individuals on Wednesday night will not be tolerated."

Birmingham City's 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.

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

“A 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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