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Wigan to probe crowd trouble after FA Cup shock

2018-02-20 14:18
Sergio Aguero (Getty Images).

London - Wigan announced a full investigation on Tuesday into crowd disturbances that marred the club's dramatic FA Cup victory over Premier League leaders Manchester City.

City striker Sergio Aguero became involved in a physical exchange with a Wigan supporter as thousands of fans spilled onto the pitch following the League One side's 1-0 victory in the fifth-round tie.

A number of fans also headed towards the end where City supporters were sitting to continue celebrations, sparking further disorder.

Advertising hoardings were ripped out and thrown onto the pitch along with other objects, while missiles were also thrown from the pitch into the stand. There were clashes between fans and police and stewards.

"While we appreciate that the vast majority of supporters who ran on to the pitch did so spontaneously to celebrate a famous victory, we were disappointed with the action of a minority of supporters who acted in an inappropriate manner," said Wigan chief executive Jonathan Jackson.

"Player and staff safety is of paramount importance and we will conduct a full investigation."

The Football Association is assessing the situation but is yet to say whether either club will be investigated. The report of referee Anthony Taylor and video footage are likely to be taken into account.

The governing body could also look into a confrontation between City manager Pep Guardiola and his Wigan counterpart Paul Cook. The pair exchanged heated words after City's Fabian Delph was sent off late in the first half.

Their argument continued in the tunnel after the sides left the field at half-time and television pictures showed Guardiola having to be restrained by colleagues.

Guardiola later played down that incident, suggesting he had been annoyed that Cook had left his technical area.

"Nothing happened in the tunnel, nothing happened with my colleague," the Spaniard said. "It was just please stay in your position, that's all, and then finished."

Wigan's victory, courtesy of a 79th-minute strike from Will Grigg, ended City's historic quest for a quadruple.

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