You might think the above footage of home fans invading the pitch at the conclusion of last night’s Birmingham v. Aston Villa Worthless Cup quarterfinal is the result of spontaneous aggression against the visitors’ traveling supporters, but in reality, it was all an extensive exercise designed to show FIFA that England had security well in place for their (unsuccessful) 2018/2022 World Cup bid. The BBC offers background info you might have an easier time swallowing :

Hundreds of Blues fans charged towards the Villa supporters and missiles and flares were thrown at St Andrew’s.

“We wholly condemn the actions of any individuals involved in the scenes of disorder,” said an FA statement.

After a meeting on Thursday, Birmingham released a statement vowing to strongly punish fans found guilty of disorder.

“No effort will be spared in Birmingham City Football Club’s efforts to identify individuals who marred the Carling Cup quarter-final victory over Aston Villa,” the statement added.

“The Blues are extremely disappointed that the scenes after the full-time whistle took the gloss off the club’s progression to the semi-finals of the competition.