In a match marred by pitch invasions, vandalism and threatening behaviour from fans, Aston Villa defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-0 to go through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The goals scored by Villa captain Fabian Delph and Scott Sinclair, saw Villa beat their local rivals for the second time in a week having won 2-1 in their Premier League match against them on Tuesday.
The appointment of new manager Tim Sherwood has proved popular with Villa fans, and this, and their sudden double success after such a long spell of poor form can go some way to explaining the excitement of the Villa crowd on Saturday, if in no way excusing it. West Brom Head Coach, Tony Pulis called the pitch invasions a disgrace, and questioned Villa’s security measures.
After the final whistle, Fabian Delph was mobbed by the crowd, losing his captain’s armband and his left boot. ‘It was dangerous…. People tried to kiss me and were biting me. It was scary’.
At time of writing, reports have neither been confirmed nor denied that Barcelona striker Luis Suarez was in attendance at Villa Park when the biting incidence occurred.