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Birmingham fined for Carling Cup pitch invasion

Birmingham fans run onto the pitch
Fans ran on to the pitch at the end of the match against Villa

Birmingham City have been fined £40,000 by the Football Association for failing to control their fans after the Carling Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa.

More than 1,000 supporters invaded the pitch following the 2-1 victory for Blues over their west Midlands rivals on 1 December.

An independent commission said £20,000 of the fine would be suspended until the end of the 2013/2014 season.

The club was also warned about its future conduct.

The victory for Birmingham was marred by the trouble which involved fans running on to the pitch after the final whistle to confront visiting supporters at the other end of the ground.

A flare was thrown and seats were also ripped out and used as missiles along with other objects.

Fourteen people were treated in hospital and five were arrested.

On the night of the disturbance, Birmingham manager Alex McLeish called it a return to the "dark ages" - a reference to the trouble that blighted football in Britain in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Birmingham went on to win the Carling Cup, beating Arsenal 2-1 in the final at Wembley on 27 February.

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Birmingham charged after fan riot
04 Mar 11 |  Birmingham
Birmingham 2-1 Aston Villa
01 Dec 10 |  League Cup
Arsenal 1-2 Birmingham
27 Feb 11 |  League Cup

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