No charges for Al­bion pair

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FOOTAGE: McMana­man WEST BROM pair Cal­lum McMana­man and James Mor­ri­son will NOT face any ac­tion over footage of them clash­ing with As­ton Villa fans.

The FA have opted not to act over scenes in a video taken by a sup­porter and posted on In­sta­gram which in­volved the Bag­gies duo in the af­ter­math of their FA Cup quar­ter-fi­nal losss.

It had ap­peared to show Mor­ri­son trip a fan and McMana­man block two oth­ers as they in­vaded the pitch dur­ing chaotic scenes at the fi­nal whis­tle.

The Bag­gies are al­ready fight­ing a charge against Chris Brunt for us­ing abu­sive lan­guage to­wards ref An­thony Tay­lor in the tun­nel.

Sec­ond-half goals Fabian Delph and from Scott Sin­clair had earned Villa a sec­ond win over their derby ri­vals in the space of just five days.

Yet the match was marred by con­tro­ver­sial scenes which are now the sub­ject of an FA probe and led to 17 ar­rests by po­lice.

Bag­gies fans in the North Stand up­per tier tore out sev­eral seats and threw them at the Villa fans be­low them dur­ing the sec­ond half, lead­ing to some in­juries. Three pitch in­va­sions in­cluded a mass one at the fi­nal whis­tle.

Play­ers from both teams found them­selves caught up in a melee which Villa skip­per Delph de­scribed as “very very scary”.

The FA are ex­pected to fo­cus on iden­ti­fy­ing the trou­ble­mak­ers who fled on to the field – but both clubs are also fac­ing hav­ing the book thrown at them.

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