Date: 18th September 2019 at 8:10am
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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.

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.

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