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Football Association investigating the halted FA Cup clash between West Brom and Wolves

The Football Association has initiated a prompt investigation into the crowd disturbances that disrupted the FA Cup derby between West Brom and Wolves.

The match at the Hawthorns had to be halted for over half an hour due to disorder in the stands, with fans spilling onto the pitch.

West Midlands Police reported that two individuals have been arrested in connection with the incident.

An FA statement read: “The disorder that occurred at the Black Country derby between West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers is completely unacceptable.

“Safety and security are of the utmost importance, and the behaviour of those involved is dangerous and inexcusable.

“We will be investigating these serious incidents alongside the clubs and the relevant authorities, and the appropriate action will be taken.”

West Brom and Wolves derby halted due to crowd trouble

The interruption occurred shortly after Matheus Cunha scored, extending Wolves‘ lead to 2-0 in the 78th minute.

Police and security personnel rushed to a section of the stadium where home fans were situated to address the disturbance.

Concerns for the safety of family members prompted some West Brom players to enter the stands and escort their children to safety.

Referee Thomas Bramall eventually led both teams’ players back to the dressing rooms to de-escalate the situation.

Earlier in the match, there were isolated incidents of trouble in different sections of the stadium. Flares were thrown in the away section after Wolves scored in the first half, and objects were hurled at Wolves’ Tommy Doyle as he prepared to take a corner.

The match eventually resumed with just over 12 minutes remaining.

West Midlands Police said: “We have extra officers at this local derby and they responded immediately as disorder in the stands caused fans to spill onto the pitch. Two people have been arrested for public order offences.

“We worked with officials to get the game restarted as soon as possible.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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