For failing to control their players during the recent derby between both clubs, English Championship rivals, Birmingham City and Aston Villa have been slammed with respective fines by the English Football Association. And each of the clubs have accepted the £5,000 fine imposed on them by the FA on Monday.
“Birmingham City and Aston Villa have been fined 5,000 pounds following their EFL Championship fixture on 10 March 2019. Both clubs accepted a charge and the standard penalty for failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the fifth minute,” the FA said in a statement to announce the fine.
Footballers of both clubs got into a scuffle following a confrontation that stemmed from Birmingham City’s Maikel Kieftenbeld’s foul on Aston Villa midfielder, Jack Graelish, in just the fifth minute of the encounter. The confrontation between both sets of players was deemed to have breached FA Rule 20, leading to the punishment.
Also, a fan of Birmingham City has been jailed for just over three months (14 weeks to be exact) for running on to the field of play and punching Grealish later on in the match. Grealish, who escaped unhurt, eventually scored the winner as Villa won 1-0 to leapfrog their derby rivals in the standings.
The Birmingham City fan’s jail term happened in a period stadiums around the United Kingdom witnessed encroachment on the field by fans during matches. Arsenal had a fan shove Manchester United defender, Chris Smalling, before running over to join the celebrating players of the Gunners in a 2-0 win over the Red Devils last weekend in the Premier League.
Shortly after the match, a statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of common assault and pitch invasion following an incident during the Arsenal v Man Utd game at the Emirates Stadium today. He is currently in custody at a north London police station.”
Meanwhile, an Arsenal spokesperson said: “We utterly condemn the behaviour of the individual who ran on to the pitch and approached Chris Smalling during today’s match. We would like to apologise to Chris and Manchester United, and are pleased that [the spectator] was apprehended and arrested. We will be working closely with the Metropolitan Police in their investigation.”
The London club’s spokesperson added: “The individual will also be banned from Arsenal matches home and away. Our match-day staff receive ongoing training on managing incidents such as this.”