By Chris Wright
Birmingham City captain Stephen Carr is facing a police probe over alleged gestures made to the Aston Villa fans following Sunday’s derby clash at Villa Park.
Carr made the alleged gestures to the home crowd as he left the pitch understandably infuriated by the decision to award Aston Villa a controversial last-minute penalty – which was duly dispatched by James Milner to snatch the late win for his side.
A police spokesman told The Birmingham Mail;
“West Midlands Police have received a complaint regarding an offensive gesture allegedly made by a player at the end of the [Aston Villa versus Birmingham City] match on Sunday. The matter is currently being investigated by detectives and inquiries are ongoing.”
The 33-year-old Irish defender (who was also seen to scuff the penalty spot before Milner’s spotkick) seemingly has no regrets over his actions;
“What was I doing by the spot? ‘There was something on my shoe I had to get off! No, I was that frustrated.
Do I regret it? No. Not at all. That’s life. You make decisions. It’s hard not to react like we did. I’m absolutely gutted. It felt like we were robbed.
I got booked for not moving away from the area, but my head had gone, to be honest.”
Birmingham City have confirmed that they will be looking into the incident internally and the FA have confirmed that they are aware of the incident and will be studying referee Martin Atkinson’s match report before deciding what action to take.
I think Mr Carr can probably expect a ban and a fine through the post in the not-so-distant future.