Aston Villa and Birmingham City have been charged with failing to control their players in the aftermath of Sunday’s explosive derby at St Andrew’s.
The game was most notable for the abhorrent attack on Jack Grealish by a rival fan, something the offender has since received 14 weeks in prison for.
Grealish went on to score the winner and sparked more controversial scenes as he leapt into the visiting supporters.
The niggly encounter ended up in defeat for the home side, but the vitriol boiled over on too many occasions for the FA’s liking, and they’ve taken the appropriate action.
Needless to say, reaction on social media has focused on the attack on Grealish and perceived stewarding issues which allowed it to happen in the first place.
Local derby matches always have a bit of needle and aggresion, but something about Birmingham and Aston Villa seems that little bit more aggresive than most.
Fans have take to Twitter, mainly to express surprise at the charges given what else occurred in the stadium on the day.
Imagine one of your teammates gets lamped in the back of the head by a fan & you have to walk away & not help the situation because the FA will charge you. I thought the Blues players handled it really well also ???? Shambles. https://t.co/r1MBN9m5ms
— Hayley Crackle (@HayleyCrackle) March 14, 2019
What!?!? As a villa fan I can't see why either club are being charged, the players all things considered were very professional. The stadium management and stewarding etc was the issue. Birmingham as a club/business should be charged but I'd have said that was fairly obvious…
— Jon Hunt (@huntj87) March 14, 2019
get a grip aston villa have not done any think it was a birmingham fan @FA The Football Association says Birmingham and Aston Villa have been charged with failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in Sunday's Championship match
— Toon Fleet (@ToonFleet) March 14, 2019
It's official, we live in a nanny state #avfc
BBC Sport – FA charges Birmingham City and Aston Villa after derby https://t.co/MlmFcVoeYE
— Scott (@Chicaned02) March 14, 2019
What?!?! Birmingham – yes but why Aston Villa? https://t.co/vgBMnYDabF
— ???? Rosie Spursgirl ???? (@Spursgirl72) March 14, 2019
FA charge Birmingham and Aston Villa for "failing to control their players" last Sunday. Quite right too, that was horrible when Grealish attacked that Villa fan's fist with his neck. That fan could've been seriously hurt. #AVFC #BCFC #Grealish #FA
— Scott Johnson (@SAJtoonfan) March 14, 2019
Agreed Hayley. Birmingham should be fined heavily for their appalling stewards trying to get licks in during the melee.
At least two of them were being too forceful towards Aston Villa players.
— Crippy Cooke (@CrippyCooke) March 14, 2019