Brunt charged by FA for alleged tunnel incident with match official

The Football Association has charged West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt following an incident involving a match official at Aston Villa.

West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt has been charged by the Football Association (FA) following an alleged incident in the tunnel after Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa.

The Northern Irishman is said to have confronted a match official as the players left the field at Villa Park, following a 2-0 victory for the hosts.

An FA statement read: "It is alleged that in or around the tunnel area after the end of the fixture the player used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a Match Official."

The last-eight tie – settled by goals from Fabian Delph and Scott Sinclair - was overshadowed by a pitch invasion that saw thousands of fans spill onto the field at full-time.

A number of supporters had earlier entered the field of play following Sinclair's 85th-minute effort and during stoppage time.

The FA are currently investigating those incidents, while Brunt has been given until Thursday to respond.