It’s come as no surprise following an apparent kick / punch combo to James Chester on Sunday, that Blues’ captain Paul Robinson finds himself slapped with an FA charge.
The incident occurred as Villa celebrated Gabby Agbonlahor’s winning goal, with Robinson appearing to take his feelings out on Villa’s centre half as Chester wheeled away.
Robinson’s cowardly actions were enough to send Chester to the ground.
Our club captain has to be commended for keeping his head, where others might have responded somewhat differently.
Many fans will readily recall Villa player’s losing their cool in this fixture by reacting to provocation, so this represents a welcome change.
Robinson looks set to miss the remainder of the season, unless he can provide mitigation to explain his conduct during Blues’ defeat at Villa Park.
This likely ban will further plunge the blue half into crisis, as they lurch precariously over the trapdoor to League 1.
The Villa Underground highlighted the incident post match:
“Paul Robinson has been charged with alleged violent conduct following the Aston Villa versus Birmingham City game on Sunday [23 April 2017].
The Blues defender was involved in an incident in or around the 68th minute which was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.
He has until 6pm on 26 April 2017 to reply to the charge.
Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.
Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.’