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Birmingham City fined £10,000 over Aston Villa defeat

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Birmingham City have been handed a £10,000 fine by the Football Association for failing to control their players during last month's defeat to local rivals Aston Villa.

A number of Birmingham players reacted angrily to referee Martin Atkinson's decision to award Villa a late penalty for Roger Johnson's challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor.

James Milner duly converted the spot kick and won the Premier League clash 1-0.

The FA reacted to the actions of the Birmingham players in surrounding Atkinson during the game by warning the club of its future conduct and imposing a £10,000 fine.

A statement declared: "At an independent regulatory commission, Birmingham City FC were fined and warned as to their future conduct following a charge of failure to control their players.

"Having admitted the charge and taken into consideration the club's previous record, the commission ordered that they be fined £10,000."

Last week Johnson was personally fined £7,500 for his criticism of Atkinson after the match.

His Birmingham team-mate Stephen Carr was also been handed a one-match suspension after being charged with improper conduct for allegedly making an offensive gesture to Villa fans following the final whistle.
© Adfero Ltd
21 May 2010 16:00 GMT

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