Late yesterday evening, the Football Association finally confirmed the findings of their Independent Regulatory Commission investigation into the Birmingham City fan who came on the punch and threw a limp punch at Aston Villa player Jack Grealish during the Birmingham derby.
An independent Regulatory Commission has fined Birmingham City £42,500 and warned them as to their future conduct following their EFL Championship fixture against Aston Villa on 10 March 2019. Full statement: https://t.co/YvGNZpZKKV pic.twitter.com/DmcgWcm8Sh
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) September 17, 2019
Understandably Villa fans weren’t impressed with the potential ramifications the incident could’ve meant had the supposed fan been armed, and fans across football also weren’t impressed with such a paltry fee given the nature of the incident and the time it’s taken for the investigation to come to a conclusion.
It’s no surprise, therefore, to point out that some Leeds fans were apoplectic at the £42,500 fine for their breaches when it came to stewarding and safety, and fans naturally linked it to the £200,000 fine we received for standing on public land and not actually committing an offence other than in the minds of rent-a-gobs in the game.
It must be said though, this was the FA, not the EFL and plenty of fans seem to have conflated the two.
— Sam Clark (@samclark1986) September 17, 2019
— We All Talk Leeds (@WeAllTalkLeeds) September 17, 2019
— Pricey$ (@Priceyleeds88) September 17, 2019
And £200,000 for #lufc for looking through a fence! Crazy
— Stuart (@StuartofLeeds) September 17, 2019
— Luke townend (@Luketownend2) September 17, 2019
50k for assault, 10k for racism… I’m not even going to finish the sentence #lufc
— Ollie (@coulegg) September 17, 2019
— RY ???????? (@RyanStandell9) September 17, 2019