Fan Clashes Interrupt West Brom v Wolves Match
The Football Association (FA) has launched an investigation into a fan altercation that resulted in the West Bromwich Albion versus Wolverhampton Wanderers being interrupted.
West Brom hosted the Wolves at The Hawthorns Stadium in West Bromwich, England on Sunday evening, 28 January, for the first Black Country derby with spectators in 12 years.
Tensions were high from the start, as weapons were confiscated from fans before they filed into the stands. The occasional missile and offensive comment punctuated the match however, the trouble allegedly kicked off when Wolves fans were seen celebrating forward Matheus Cunha’s goal in the 78th minute mark.
The fight eventually spilt out onto the pitch; resulting in one man receiving head injuries that required hospitalisation, and five more being arrested for their aggressive behaviour.
“The disorder that occurred at the Black Country derby between West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers is completely unacceptable,” the FA said in a statement to an international publication.
“We will be investigating these serious incidents and appropriate action will be taken,” they added.
West Brom have agreed to work with the local authorities while they investigate the incident and have vowed to ban “any individual involved in the disorder.”
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