It all looked promising for West Bromwich Albion as veteran centre midfielder Darren Fletcher opened the scoring in the FA Cup fifth round tie at Reading. However, things took a turn for the worse, including after the final whistle had blown.
Former Baggies defender Paul McShane equalised against his former employers, soon after the Baggies had taken the lead, before fellow centre half Michael Hector put the Royals in front and Lucas Piazon secured Reading’s place in the next round with a neat finish in the fourth minute of injury time at the Madjeski.
But that was not the talking point from the game as a kind gesture from West Brom’s Chris Brunt turned sour. As the Northern Ireland international offered his shirt to a fan, he was struck in the face with coin, provoking Brunt’s ire.
Cue the Twitter reaction backing Brunt and absolutely savaging the culprit who threw the coin at the versatile player. This just shows that Football is united.
If you can't watch your team lose without feeling the need to throw a coin at a player,then you probably shouldn't be going to games. #Brunt
— Alastair Winstanley (@AliWinstanley) February 20, 2016
— Andy Hudson (@andyhudson77) February 20, 2016
— Simon Shirley (@simonshirley72) February 20, 2016
— J (@MentalFootball7) February 20, 2016
— Alex (@alex_arnold123) February 20, 2016
Shocking to hear of the #Brunt story. 'Thrower' should be arrested and banned from football.
— Thomas Rutherford (@Tom__Rutherford) February 20, 2016
— nathan webo (@TheNwebo) February 20, 2016
— Matt Grant (@GmanGK) February 20, 2016
— Jon Prince (@JonnyWuTang) February 20, 2016
— Mark Taylor (@abbo118) February 20, 2016