Date: 22nd February 2016 at 1:03pm
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Chris Brunt was rightly furious with the coin that was tossed and left a mark just under his eye following the three one FA Cup defeat to Reading at the weekend.

Speaking to various media after the game, here’s what he actually had to say about the incident that sparked fans turning on each other in the stand with some believing they knew who had thrown the coin.

‘I’ve still got the 50p. I spotted a little girl in the front row and wanted to give her my shirt. Obviously there’s some people in the front who were angry, understandably, because we didn’t play well or got the result we wanted. But there’s absolutely no excuse for that and no place for it in football. I’ve been here a long time. Obviously we all get our fair share of stick but to be hit with a coin by your own fans is absolutely disgusting. The guy who threw it knows who he is and knows all this week where I’ll be, and next Saturday if he wants to come and have a word about it that’s not a problem – I’ll meet him wherever he wants. I’ve been here a long time and I’ve loved my time here and that’s the first time I’ve been ashamed of our supporters. A small minority obviously ruined it for the rest of the 4,000 who were there and paid good money for a day trip.’

With head coach Tony Pulis and the club themselves making their thoughts known, and Pulis also being quoted about it being an indictment of the social media world we now live in where people think they can say and do anything without recourse, the Football Association have confirmed their own probe and police have also opened an investigation as well.

‘The FA is investigating the incident in which an object was thrown at Chris Brunt at the end of the Reading v West Brom game as well as the crowd disturbances in the away section of the stadium. We strongly condemn any such behaviour and will work with both clubs and the authorities to identify those responsible.’

Thames Valley Police also confirmed.

‘The incident will be dealt with as an assault and we will be working with West Bromwich Albion and Reading to resolve the issue and identify anyone involved.’

Sad state of affairs and certainly not needed or expected in the modern game.

The Police statement also revealed plenty of other things on the day that hadn’t got much air time.

‘There were a number of incidents of disorder during the second half, including objects being thrown between those sitting in the home section and those sitting in the away section. A bottle was also thrown in the direction of a Reading player. Also during the second half, a 37-year-old man from Sandwell, West Midlands, was arrested for a racially aggravated public order offence. The arrest was in connection with an incident during which a steward was verbally abused. The man who was arrested has been released on police bail until 1 April. Further, after the game, a West Bromwich Albion player was struck by an object thrown from the crowd. The player was treated for a cut to his face by medical staff at the stadium. We will be speaking to the player in due course to discuss the matter.’

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