West Bromwich Albion Head Coach Tony Pulis had severe criticism for Aston Villa’s security policy after hoards of supporters were able to invade the pitch during Saturday’s FA Cup tie between the sides, reports Goal.com.
The home side triumphed 2-0 thanks to a powerful strike from Fabian Delph and a breakaway effort from Scott Sinclair as they punished the Baggies for missing two great chances to take the lead when Brown Ideye and Joleon Lescott missed the target when very well placed.
In the closing stages, both sides were reduced to 10 men as West Brom’s Claudio Yacob received a harsh second yellow card for a foul on Leandro Bacuna while for Villa, substitute Jack Grealish earned his second booking for diving.
Some supporters invaded the pitch after the two goals, but the main disturbance happened in stoppage time at the end as fans poured on to the playing surface and had to be removed by stewards and security officers, who were heavily outnumbered. Once the game finished, more large sections of home supporters entered the pitch, leaving Pulis fuming.
“It’s disgraceful. We don’t want to see those scenes,” he said.. “They’ve beaten us and for that to happen, that’s just mindless idiots. If you’re Villa, you need to look at the stewards as they came over to our fans and there was nobody there.”
The Welshman also criticised referee Anthony Taylor for the two dismissals, adding: “I don’t know why Jack Grealish was sent off, but I cannot understand why Claudio Yacob was sent off. That’s a block tackle, something you’re taught at five years of age. The referee lets it run on for a few seconds and the disappointing thing is it’s two yellows and we can’t appeal it.’
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