A West Brom fan was arrested after he allegedly slipped into the Aston Villa end to goad fans following his side's 1-0 win. The 20-year-old Baggies supporter, from Worcester, was charged with a public order offence for gaining entry to the home end and insulting fans at the final whistle of the Premier League clash, which was settled by a Saido Berahino goal.
There were a total of 13 arrests during Saturday 19 September's match at Villa Park including a 47-year-old man from Aldridge, who was detained in a pub car park for breaching his Football Banning Order, which prohibits him being in Birmingham before matches. He will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 19 October. A 17 year old was arrested after the game on suspicion of assaulting a steward during the visit of Sunderland on 29 August.
Two more men – a 46 year old from Pype Hayes and 29 year old from Erdington – were arrested on suspicion of assault at half-time in Villa Park's Holte Suite, a hospitality facility that costs up to £4,500 to hire for the day. Both have been bailed pending further enquiries.
A 25 year old from Kingstanding was arrested on public order grounds after he allegedly abused staff at a bar inside the stadium. He has been bailed while officers secure statements from bar staff.
And a 23 year old from Stourport was arrested on suspicion of running onto ground adjacent to the pitch when West Brom scored – he has also been bailed to allow officers time to examine CCTV footage. Elsewhere, three men aged 41, 28 and 19 from Brierley Hill, Stourport and Rowley Regis respectively were issued fixed penalty fines for being drunk and disorderly and a 40-year-old salesman from Wednesbury and a 24-year-old man from Brierley Hill were both given police cautions after admitting public order offences. A 60-year-old man from Wednesbury was arrested to prevent a breach of the peace by taunting rival fans, but he was later released without charge.
Despite the unrest, West Midlands Police reported the match "passed off without serious incident". Inspector Howard Lewis-Jones said: "Fans may have feared a repeat of last season's problems at this fixture but I hope they came away yesterday reassured that the main talking point was the football and not any disorder. Transport police oversaw the arrival of Baggies fans at Witton Station – it meant on that side of the ground there was only limited crossover of rivals fans – and club security made tweaks to help deter encroachment on the pitch or crowd trouble."