Baggies vow to take strong action against fans involved in FA Cup derby disturbances
West Brom have vowed to take strong action against any of the club's fans found to have been involved in disturbances at the FA Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Seats were thrown from the Albion section and Villa supporters invaded the pitch twice during the game as Tim Sherwood's men beat the Baggies 2-0 on Saturday to reach the semi-finals.
Police have made 17 arrests related to the game and a spokesperson for the English Football Association said its investigation into the incidents will begin today.
Villa issued an apology after the game to "the Football Association, the West Bromwich Albion directors, manager Tony Pulis and all his staff and players" and Albion announced in a statement on Sunday that the apology had been "received in the spirit with which it was intended".
"West Bromwich Albion note the public apology issued by Aston Villa FC in the wake of the disturbing scenes during and after the FA Cup quarter-final at Villa Park," read the statement.
"The apology is received in the spirit with which it was intended. The club is also aware of reports of serious misbehaviour involving some of its own supporters.
"It issues an uncompromising reminder today that any supporter found guilty of disorder offences can expect the appropriate sanction from the club. West Bromwich Albion will continue to operate zero tolerance to any fans who bring the club's reputation into disrepute."