Aston Villa v Birmingham City: Racist abuse suspect and alleged pitch invaders arrested

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A Black Country man has been arrested on suspicion of racially abusing a steward and five other men have been detained in connection with a pitch invasion during the Villa v Blues derby match.

West Midlands Police said five men were detained during a "safety and security operation" as Aston Villa triumphed 1-0 over Championship rivals Birmingham City at Villa Park on Sunday.

A 21-year-old man from Dudley was also arrested on suspicion of racially abusing a stadium steward.

An 18-year-old from Redditch, Worcestershire, a 24-year-old man from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, and three men aged 21-30, all from Birmingham, were arrested for allegedly invading the pitch, a force spokesman said.

During the match, three other men aged between 19 and 24, all from Birmingham, were arrested in connection with a separate incident of disorder at the Bullring Tavern in the Digbeth area of the city during last month's Birmingham City v Leeds match.

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