Birmingham’s Carling Cup victory over Aston Villa marred by crowd trouble
Blues fans riot after derby win
Birmingham’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in last night’s Carling Cup clash was overshadowed by violent scenes at the end of the match. After the final whistle, Blues supporters stormed the pitch and threw missiles and flares at Villa fans.
Police and the FA have both launched investigations into the disorder, which continued outside St Andrew’s.
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish condemned the fans who had invaded the pitch.
He said: “It doesn’t look good when you see them running on like that. It takes us back to the dark ages. I’m disappointed. Fans shouldn’t come on to the pitch. That’s soured the win for us.
“I know they haven’t beaten Villa for a while and our fans were treating it almost like a cup final, but when you see flares thrown from and into the crowd it is not something we want to be associated with at all.”
Meanwhile, among those who were supposed to be on the pitch, 6ft 8in Serbian striker Nikola Zigic bundled in a late winner after Gabriel Agbonlahor had cancelled out Sebastian Larsson’s penalty.