By Harvey Byrne
Steve Bruce has asked for fans from both Aston Villa and Birmingham to shout as loudly as possible without causing “ugly scenes”.
The two Midlands rivals are set to meet on Sunday in the afternoon kick off at Birmingham’s St Andrews home.
Former Blues boss and now Villa manager Bruce has asked for fans to be responsible and keep their actions to “banter” following scenes between West Ham and Chelsea fans at the London Stadium on Wednesday evening.
“It’s like any other big derby,” started Bruce speaking in a press conference before the match. “It’s the second city. So Villa Blues is always going to be right up there.
“My message to all of them is we’ve seen horrible ugly scenes last night at the football, which we never want to see and both sets of supporters, they’re representing this huge area and the huge clubs and of course there’s always going to be a rivalry and a banter, and we’re ready for the banter and let’s hope they can shout as loud as they want and make sure that it’s the spectacle that is a football occasion that everyone wants to see.”
Aston Villa met Birmingham last in the League Cup last September running out 1-0 victors with a Rudy Gestede strike.
They haven’t faced each other in the league since 2011 when the pair were in the Premier League, which saw the two play out a 1-1 draw with goals from defender duo Roger Johnson and James Collins.
Villa are currently in 16th place in the Championship, while Birmingham are sat in seventh as they head into what is set to be a thrilling encounter.
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