Reduced punishment reflects 'exceptional' circumstances
CHRIS Brunt was today suspended for one game and fined £8,000 after he accepted an FA misconduct charge.
It was lodged in the wake of the stormy scenes at the end of the FA Cup quarter-final at Villa Park which the Baggies lost 2-0 and ended the game with 10 men.
The 30-year-old was charged with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a match official in or around the tunnel area after the final whistle.
Brunt asked for a personal hearing to plead mitigation after the tie finished with a series of pitch invasions.
He faced the threat of a two-game ban and Richard Garlick, Albion’s Director of Football Administration who accompanied the Northern Ireland international at the hearing in London, said the reduced punishment reflected the "exceptional" circumstances in which the tie finished.
"We had a fair hearing and feel the punishment is an acknowledgement by the Commission that this was an extraordinary case," said Garlick.
"It was a difficult end to the game for everyone and emotions were running high. I think Chris’ disciplinary record, which has seen him issued with one red card in more than 400 appearances at the highest levels, was also rightly noted."
Nevertheless, the ruling means Brunt will be suspended from this weekend’s Barclays Premier League clash at Manchester City.