Pulis slams 'disgraceful' Villa Park pitch invasion after cup loss

The West Brom manager saw his side lose 2-0 to fierce rival Aston Villa in the FA Cup sixth round Saturday and was shocked by the scenes that followed the final whistle.
West Brom coach Tony Pulis was left horrified by the pitch invasion that followed his side's 2-0 FA Cup sixth-round loss to fierce rival Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday, labeling the scenes a "disgrace."

Second-half goals from Fabian Delph and Scott Sinclair secured a semifinal trip to Wembley for the hosts on the back of a 2-1 win over West Brom in the Premier League midweek. But the closing stages of the contest were marred by a group of Villa fans entering the field of play, and a mass pitch invasion followed.

Pulis was shocked by the scale of the scenes, and has called on Villa to review its stewarding policy in light of the debacle.

"It's disgraceful. We don't want to see those scenes," he told BBC Sport. "They've beaten us and for that to happen, that's just mindless idiots. If you're Villa, you need to look at the stewards as they came over to our fans and there was nobody there."

He added: "It's a quarterfinal of the FA Cup, a full house, you know it's going to be tasty. You should have stewards but the hierarchy at Villa should recognize the need for stewards both ends of the pitch. It puts the players at danger and we don't want to see that. We were seeing it in the 1970s and '80s and we don't want to get back to that.

Pulis was similarly furious to see Claudio Yacob given an 80th-minute red card when he collected a second booking for a challenge on Leandro Bacuna. Villa substitute Jack Grealish was also sent off late for collecting a pair of yellow cards in the space of 15 minutes, and Pulis was left confused as to why the players were dismissed.

"I don't know why Jack Grealish was sent off, but I cannot understand why Claudio Yacob was sent off," Pulis said. "That's a block tackle, something you're taught at five years of age. The referee lets it run on for a few seconds and the disappointing thing is it's two yellows and we can't appeal it. That's going to cost us again when he misses the game against Stoke.

"The referee says Yacob's jumped in to that challenge, but there's enough people moaning about refs without me going on too much."