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West Bromwich Albion official statement

8 March 2015

Club statement following events at Villa Park

West Bromwich Albion note the public apology issued by Aston Villa FC in the wake of the disturbing scenes during and after the FA Cup quarter-final at Villa Park.

The apology is received in the spirit with which it was intended.

The Club is also aware of reports of serious misbehaviour involving some of its own supporters. 

It issues an uncompromising reminder today that any supporter found guilty of disorder offences can expect the appropriate sanction from the club. West Bromwich Albion will continue to operate zero tolerance to any fans who bring the Club’s reputation into disrepute.

The Club also welcomes the FA investigation into the scenes and how they came about; West Bromwich Albion will co-operate fully.

Pitch invasions cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. The safety of the Club’s players and staff during and at the end of the game was clearly compromised and that has to be a subject of deep concern for everyone involved.

Finally, to the huge majority of our supporters who behaved properly, we wish to acknowledge their wonderful backing in difficult circumstances. 

We know it has been a tough few days for the family of West Bromwich Albion.

But we urge them to absorb the disappointment of Saturday’s result and, like Tony Pulis and the players, come back more determined than ever to play their part in bringing the season to a  successful  conclusion.

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