Following Matheus Cunha’s goal that put Gary O’Neil’s side two goals up, it is reported that Wolves fans among the home crowd celebrated, provoking an angry reaction from Baggies supporters. Police swiftly intervened and used batons to control the situation. The aim was to restart the game promptly, but a man was taken to hospital with head injuries from the altercation.
Prior to the derby, police had implemented Section 60 stop-and-search powers, covering the entire Black Country and Birmingham B21 postcode for Handsworth, which remained in effect until 11pm on Sunday. The Football Association released a statement regarding the incidents at The Hawthorns, condemning the disorder during the Black Country derby as unacceptable. Emphasizing the importance of safety and security, they criticized the dangerous and inexcusable behavior of those involved.
As a result of the events, Wolves will proceed to face Brighton & Hove Albion in the fifth round.