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CLUB STATEMENT: Albion investigate crowd disturbances

14 May 2017

Chief Executive Martin Goodman on Friday's crowd disturbances

ALBION will conduct their own investigation into the crowd disturbances towards the end of Friday’s Premier League clash against Chelsea.

Crowd disorder in the Birmingham Road End followed the game’s solitary goal eight minutes from the end which clinched the title for the visitors.

The disturbances appeared to involve Chelsea fans who had obtained tickets for this home area at The Hawthorns.

Chief Executive Martin Goodman said: “We made it plain with our warnings before the game that any of our supporters who could be traced selling on tickets to visiting supporters faced sanctions from the Club.

“We will continue that process next week. Naturally it is a matter of great disappointment for all at Albion and our thousands of genuine fans that a tiny minority would put profit before backing their team.

“We will also co-operate fully with police to help identify anyone clearly guilty of disorder offences during the disturbance."

Anyone identified being involved in the disorder will be banned by the club irrespective of whether police take action, Goodman confirmed.

He continued: “I would add that we hope that these brief and isolated incidents will not detract from the Club’s performance on a huge night in football. 

“On the pitch, the team could not have done more and I am sure all Albion fans were proud of a terrific performance.

“Off the pitch, we coped with enormous demands in staging a game of such importance and have been rightly praised for how we delivered.”

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