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Violence Shouldn't Affect Bid Says McLeish.

Blues manager Alex McLeish doesn`t think the crowd violence after last night`s win over Aston Villa will affect the World Cup vote.

That vote takes place today and now some are concerned that scenes of hundreds of fans pouring onto the pitch at St Andrews could persuade the powers that be to place their votes elsewhere.

As well as the pitch invasion there were scenes of police struggling to keep order, flares being thrown and seats being ripped up and used as missiles.

McLeish admitted that the violence will not hold the two clubs under a good light, but he also believes that the decision as to who gets the World Cup as already been made.

'I'm disappointed by that side of things,' he told Sky Sports.

'Fans shouldn't come on to the pitch at any time. It soured it a bit for us.

'I don't think that will affect the World Cup bid, I'm sure that's already decided, and let's hope England gets it because it deserves it. It doesn't look good though, when you see fans running on the pitch like that and carrying on. It takes us back to the Dark Ages.'



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Date:Thursday December 2 2010

Time: 10:21AM

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He would say that, you lot are a national disgrace.
Russellm
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02/12/2010 13:28:00

Whatever you say little man, off you go now and watch soccer am or something.
Latchford59
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02/12/2010 13:55:00

"......the violence will not hold the two clubs under a good light"? The TWO clubs? There was only one set of idiots and they were from the blue side of Birmingham.
JimmyG
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02/12/2010 20:33:00

Thats right, the seats that got ripped up in the away end and thrown at Blues fans did it all on their own. .... phucking mug
Original Prankster
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02/12/2010 21:24:00

A MASSIVE THANK-YOU TO NOT ONLY THE CORRUPT CANTS @ FIFA BUT THE CHUFFING MORONS OF THE BRITISH MEDIA, THE BIGGEST OF ALL MUST GO TO THE UTTER MORONS OF BRITAIN'S 2ND CITY, WELL DONE ! UTTER DISGRACE. Not just the damage on the Worldwide image of British Football but just as important the MASSIVE damage done to our would be economy. Yes Villa were guilty of ripping up seats & throwing the flairs back, THAT WAS AFTER SOME OF YOUR LOT STARTED IT & THREW THE FLAIRS NOT ONLY INTO THE CROWD WHERE ADULTS WERE BUT CHILDREN AS WELL, NOT TO MENTION THE PITCH INVASION & CARRYING ON OUTSIDE. NAME & SHAME THEM IF YOU KNOW THEM.
True Spurs Supporter
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02/12/2010 21:59:00

Thats all we need, a dickhead yid
rumnblack
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02/12/2010 22:05:00

I am glad tonight that I don't support Birmingham as I would have to hide my colours in shame. Disgraceful behaviour and nobody in their right mind can say anything different.
SFC Forever
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02/12/2010 22:34:00

Rumnblack so throwing flairs, starting a riot is the correct thing to do is it ? Naming & shaming isn't the RIGHT thing to do then ? MUG.
True Spurs Supporter
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02/12/2010 22:39:00

"I am glad tonight that I don't support Birmingham" We are glad you dont as well, we dont like inbreds
juniorblue
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02/12/2010 22:44:00

And as for you yid, nothing you say matters as you are a yid
juniorblue
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02/12/2010 22:45:00

Carling Cup clash: Birmingham City help police identify second city derby troublemakers Birmingham City Football Club say that no effort will be spared in identifying individuals who marred the Carling Cup Quarter Final victory over Aston Villa. Club officials are working with police and relevant authorities in scouring CCTV footage and photography – as well as ploughing through witness statements sent to the club by supporters – to identify culprits. Anyone found guilty of any disorder will face stringent action, the club said. Senior Birmingham City FC personnel met at St. Andrew’s this morning to discuss the best way to identify troublemakers. A further meeting will take place next week involving the club, Aston Villa, the local authority, safety advisory committee and the emergency services. A spokesman for Birmingham City said: "Anyone who threatens to derail Birmingham City’s ethos of welcoming families to the stadium is not welcome at St. Andrew’s and actions like those of certain individuals on Wednesday night will not be tolerated. Blues Acting Chairman Peter Pannu added: "Whilst we are very happy with the victory we are extremely disappointed with the events that took place after the game. "There will be an impartial investigation by the club as we do not condone the embarrassing actions of certain individuals. "A meeting has been called involving all parties concerned and we will of course support the football authorities and police in this investigation.
juniorblue
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02/12/2010 22:49:00

Wow Jnr what a representative of BCFC you are. A small pocket of IDIOTS ruin a great game of football, which in turn help RUIN OUR WC bid. Btw "those images" were all over the Swiss media the NIGHT BEFORE the draw. Ah well at least didn't stoop as low as those FOOLS by dropping in a bit of casual racism. Nice.
True Spurs Supporter
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03/12/2010 04:31:00

surely no one truly believes 'that' incident cost us? You really think the corrupt FIFA and the dislike of the English was ever going to bring the World Cup home? There have been incidents before (Millwall v Hammers + one v Palace this year) in London as well but the press don't mention that as much do they? The trouble at Blues was poorly controlled and the police/stewards should have known what was coming and been quicker to stop it but don't tarnish the people of the Midlands with the actions of a few hundred.
The Fear
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03/12/2010 08:43:00

Perhaps us Villa fans have been tarnished by the poll here on Vital Blues !
Grasshopper_AV
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03/12/2010 09:39:00

It wasn't the single decisive factor of cause, but it was an utter DISGRACE, With the timing to boot. Plus it was another kick in the teeth to our National image by 2 PL Teams was it not ? With the leaks now coming out that the announcement was made on twitter before the results declared, it makes a mockery of a "clean game" & sadly highlights the amount of corruption STILL present in FIFA & EUFA. An absolute joke minus the punchline.
True Spurs Supporter
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03/12/2010 10:04:00

Don't know why everyones *****ed off about not getting the world cup, aren't we all supposed to die in 2012 anyway
Big Trev
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03/12/2010 10:20:00

 

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