West Brom deeply concerned about pitch invasions at Villa

WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — West Bromwich Albion said Sunday it is deeply concerned about the pitch invasions during and after its FA Cup quarterfinal loss to Aston Villa that “clearly compromised” the safety of the team’s players. Dozens of Villa fans spilled onto the pitch in premature celebration during stoppage time of their team’s[…]

Evans, Cisse given long bans for spitting at each other

LONDON (AP) — Manchester United defender Jonny Evans and Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse were given long bans Saturday for spitting at each other during a Premier League match. Evans denied deliberately spitting but was found guilty by an English Football Association disciplinary panel, which handed him a six-game suspension — the standard penalty for the[…]

FA charges Sunderland manager Poyet over touchline incident

LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association has charged Sunderland manager Gus Poyet after a touchline incident with Hull counterpart Steve Bruce. Poyet has until Monday to respond to the misconduct charge after being sent to the stands for kicking a water bottle holder and then arguing with Bruce during a 1-1 draw in the[…]

Brown’s red card overturned after Sunderland appeal succeeds

LONDON (AP) — Sunderland has succeeded in overturning the red card shown to defender Wes Brown against Manchester United on Saturday. Brown was dismissed by referee Roger East for an apparent foul on United striker Radamel Falcao in the penalty area, although it appeared on replays that John O’Shea had been the player to impede[…]