Birmingham fined for pitch invasion v Villa

LONDON - Birmingham City have been fined 40,000 pounds following a pitch invasion after their League Cup victory over arch rivals Aston Villa at St Andrew's on December 1, the Football Association said on Tuesday.

A total of 20,000 pounds of the fine will be suspended until the end of the 2013/14 season.

The Premier League club admitted a charge of failing to ensure no spectators or unauthorised persons encroached onto the playing area.

Five people were arrested after the pitch invasion following Birmingham's 2-1 quarter-final win. City beat Arsenal 2-1 in the final in February, securing their first major trophy since 1963.