On Tuesday afternoon the Football Association seemed to finally get their fingers out of their…pies…and announced that Birmingham City had now finally been fined following the pathetic assault that Aston Villa star Jack Grealish received whilst on the laughably named Trillion Trophy pitch last season.
An independent Regulatory Commission has fined Birmingham City £42,500 and warned them as to their future conduct following their EFL Championship fixture against Aston Villa on 10 March 2019. Full statement: https://t.co/YvGNZpZKKV pic.twitter.com/DmcgWcm8Sh
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) September 17, 2019
Certainly can’t accuse the FA of being slow here can you!
Their Independent Regulatory Commission finally came to the conclusion that they should fine them the Villa Park capacity (rounded slightly) as punishment for their failings in stewarding on the day and they have imposed a £42,500 fine. They have also been given a warning about their future conduct – which is nice.
Insults aside, the actual document can be found by Clicking Here and it does stretch to 68 pages, and they certainly look like they’ve done their homework – but as most fans know, the FA’s powers to act here, even if they wanted to, are restrained by the rules which clearly don’t seem to be fit for purpose any more – given the Jack incident was not alone in the 2018/19 campaign.
That’s something the FA may well want to address.
Understandably, as they made the announcement on their social media feed, few were impressed with the delay or the final sanction and it wasn’t limited to Villa fans alone.
Better late than never.
— Aff Wallace (@affwallace) September 17, 2019
They fined Huddersfield more for the paddy power stunt. Glad you're learning lads
— John Ridley (@Ridderz86) September 17, 2019
If only the 'independent regulatory commission' would look into how the @EFL mismanages its leagues…
— KJ Collier (@KJCollier85) September 17, 2019
What about the steward who kicked Grealish up his backside?
— Shakerite ???????????????????????????? (@shakerite66) September 17, 2019
Fined Huddersfield 50. You lot are embarrassing
— ◾️ (@ccee44) September 17, 2019
Isn't that the same capacity as Villa Park
— james (@Jamorushton) September 17, 2019
The Two Team Trophy Stadium! Unsafe for normal humans…
— peter luckhurst (@peterluckhurst) September 17, 2019
Nah that would of been mean to Coventry ????
— Sam Tutt (@SamTutt2) September 17, 2019
That'll teach them………nothing
— Mike ????️⚽ (@GeekyGonzo) September 17, 2019
So what we're saying is that assaulting a player has a pretty small consequence in footballing terms.
This should have been used as an example.
— Craig Taylor-Broad (@craigtaylorb) September 17, 2019
Theres the profit gone then
— John VTID (@ClassOf82_AVFC) September 17, 2019
Is that all? It isn’t as if this is the first time there has been trouble in this fixture at that ground!
— Paul Bailey (@jpangel73) September 17, 2019
Whats that an average weeks wages for a footballer. Guy could have had a knife.
— Villa Mad (@VillaMad3) September 17, 2019
Yeah Thank god for Coventrys gate receipts.
— Pssssst! (@M0ZZMAN) September 17, 2019
Seems wholly inadequate. Stadium closure at least or what do fans learn!!! Why do football authorities never take an opportunity to make a strong statement
— Andy Taplin (@tappo99) September 17, 2019