‘They have let the club down’ – Aston Villa issue apology for FA Cup pitch invasion

first_img1 Aston Villa have reacted with disappointment and apologised to Midlands rivals West Brom after crowd problems interrupted their FA Cup quarter-final clash at Villa Park on Saturday.The Football Association is set to launch an investigation following two pitch invasions from the home fans, while Albion supporters threw seats into the Villa crowd.Tim Sherwood’s side won 2-0 to reach the semi-finals but the game was temporarily stopped late on after the first pitch invasion, before fans ran on to the surface again at the final whistle.Seats were also thrown from a section of Baggies supporters from the North Stand during the second half.Baggies manager Tony Pulis called the scenes ‘disgraceful’ and criticised the stewarding at Villa Park, saying the players’ safety was in jeopardy.And Villa have said sorry for the problems which they believe marred the celebrations to sealing a return to Wembley Stadium.“The club does not condone supporters invading the field of play under any circumstances,” a statement read.“We are very disappointed that what should have been a very memorable and proud moment for our fans was marred by the actions of those who could not control themselves.“They have let both themselves and their club down.“The club extends its sincere apologies to the Football Association, the West Bromwich Albion directors, manager Tony Pulis and all his staff and players.” Aston Villa supporters storm the Villa Park pitch last_img read more