The FA must investigate themselves after Aston Villa pitch invasion

Trinity Road Stand - Aston Villa

Serious questions must be asked about the scheduling of yesterday's FA Cup quarter finals.

Last night saw Aston Villa defeat West Brom at Villa Park, to book themselves a place in the FA Cup semi-final. Unfortunately, most of the talk since the game has been about the pitch invasion.

Ecstatic Villa fans entered the pitch before the game had finished and they also stormed on at the final whistle. The understaffed stewards had no chance of controlling the situation.

Today the FA has announced they will be 'investigating' the issue, as reported by the BBC.

What they should really be investigating is why this game was the 17:30 kick off, not 12:45?

The two teams are local rivals for one and the tension at Villa has been palpable in recent times. A euphoric reaction was likely. Add the fact that most fans had plenty of time to get sufficiently liquored for the fixture and it is not difficult to see why these scenes occurred.

Meanwhile, instead of the little commuting West Brom fans would have had on their plate to make it to Villa Park, Reading fans were up at five in the morning to make the trip up to Yorkshire for a midday kick-off. Where is the logic in that?

It is easy to blame the fans, but it is not difficult to use some common sense and figure out that a local derby should be on at lunch, and the travelling fixture should be in the evening.

Of course it is probably not the FA's fault. The TV companies decide who plays and when, but do the FA really exercise such little control over a competition that bears their name that they could not make the logical decision?

The behaviour of the fans, was unfortunate, but the blame must be shared.

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