Both Birmingham City and Aston Villa have, unsurprisingly, been charged by the Football Association for failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during Sunday’s Second City derby.
The charges relate to an incident following a poor challenge on Villa’s Jack Grealish, by City’s Maikel Kieftenbeld, which resulted in a melee involving a number of players from both teams.
BBC Sport report that both clubs have until Monday to respond to the charge.
The FA action was largely expected, and the fact that it may have perpetuated the disgraceful assault on Grealish by a City fan, meant the charge was somewhat inevitable.
It would be a surprise to hear that either club will contest the charge, which will more than likely result in a hefty fine.
Certainly the fracas set the tone for a feisty opening, and the FA are right to lay down the law on the rivals.
It is certainly not the example that players are expected to set for young fans, and their responsibilities as role-models need to be considered at all times.
Grealish, of course, went on to get the winning goal, and secure a precious three points in their push for a play-off spot.
Was the FA’s action correct? Should the club accept the charge and move on? Let us know what you think…