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Aston Villa fined after fans invade pitch during game

May 14, 2015

LONDON (AP) — Aston Villa has been fined 200,000 pounds ($315,000) after fans invaded the pitch during the club’s FA Cup quarterfinal match against West Bromwich Albion in March.

Dozens of Villa fans spilled onto the pitch at Villa Park in premature celebration during stoppage time of their team’s 2-0 win on March 7. Thousands more poured onto the playing surface after the final whistle, mobbing Villa players and leaving West Brom’s players needing to weave through supporters to get back to the dressing room.

The English Football Association says Thursday that Villa was punished for “failing to ensure that no spectators or unauthorized persons were permitted to encroach onto the pitch area.”

Villa, which has already apologized for the incidents, was also warned about its future conduct.

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