Supporters of West Brom have been left absolutely fuming with the FA’s decision not to charge Brentford man Julian Jeanvier for spitting in their direction.
The incident occurred during the club’s 1-0 win over the Bees earlier this month but upon reviewing footage, the FA have decided no punishment was needed for Jeanvier.
Baggies supporters are incensed and feel that he should have been charged, claiming that he didn’t just spit in their general direction but it was actually at them.
Many fans have slammed the FA’s decision arguing that had it been the other way around then they’d have been given banning orders.
There have been a number of fan and player incidents lately with Jack Grealish being punched during the Second City derby in March. Similarly, a fan ran on the pitch during Arsenal’s win over Manchester United recently.
They were more extreme cases but it seems strange not to charge the Brentford defender for a situation that has clearly made the Hawthorns faithful incredibly angry.
What makes the FA’s decision not to charge him even more bizarre is the fact that the Frenchman has actually admitted to spitting towards them.
Brentford conducted their own investigation and reminded the player that his behaviour was unacceptable.
Here’s the reaction from Twitter.
Who exactly has he apologised to ? He did not spit in the proximity of the West Brom fans , he spat AT us.
Shame on the FA , no charge , pathetic.
— Sandra Hughes (@phoenixbaggie) March 25, 2019
No @FA charge why ? How do these clowns come up with their answers ?
— Nick Ganderton (@nick_wba_khfc) March 25, 2019
had this been a fan spitting at a player they would have been arrested and given a football baning order
— Billy the barbel (@flipflop1209) March 25, 2019
Well he’s got away with that. Dirty man. He should be writing, yes writing an apology to all the West Brom fans he spat AT, not in the proximity, he spat AT us. Disgraceful. @BrentfordFC
— Kathryn Langran (@KathrynLangran) March 25, 2019
What a fantastic example to set to all kids watching and learning. FA well done ?
— Luke Stokes (@lukestokes84) March 25, 2019
Dive = 2 match ban
Spit on fans = No charge
— TalkWBA (@TalkWBA) March 25, 2019
That is absolutely baffling. He admits spitting towards them and somehow avoids a charge ?. The FA never ceases to amaze me. Wonder if I spat towards him whether I could just issue an apology and not be banned etc #WBA
— KJGx (@WBAFC_KJG) March 25, 2019
Other way round we’d have had the book thrown at us. If it were a fan they’d be banned for life. Says it all to me
— emma holman (@emziewba) March 25, 2019