Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT, he hopes Aston Villa fans aren’t punished after the FA Cup win against West Brom over the weekend.
A pitch invasion followed Villa’s cup win, which saw confrontations between players and fans from both sides all over the pitch.
There’s no official word from the FA over the punishment, which could follow but Murphy has urged authorities not to penalise ‘normal fans’.
“The FA have been so inconsistent – I don’t know, they could use the semi-final (as a platform for punishment) and that would be a real travesty,” said Murphy.
“The fans that ran on, it was wrong but they were just genuinely happy.”
They were happy because there’s not been a lot to shout about for Villa supporters over the course of this season.
The struggles in the Premier League have been prolonged after a good start to the season and there is still a very real danger that the side could get drawn into dropping down to the Championship.
The occasion of a semi-final at Wembley provides the opportunity of a great day out for supporters, but the exposure and difficulty in policing the event gets a little more intense.
That explains why the FA could use it as the platform to dish out punishment, but Murphy is right that the majority of good, normal supporters shouldn’t be penalised because of the ill-advised actions of a few that took things too far after the game over the weekend.