West Ham United youngster Reece Oxford was involved in a controversial incident while playing for loan club Reading on Saturday, as he appeared to be subject to a stamp from Leeds United defender Liam Cooper during the Royals’ 1-0 win at the Madejski Stadium.
Disgusting stamp from Leeds defender Liam Cooper on Reece Oxford earlier today pic.twitter.com/CCBgSsnXpM
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) April 1, 2017
The 18-year-old was making only his third appearance for Jaap Stam’s men following a disappointing campaign in which he has struggled to break into the starting line-up for the Championship high-flyers.
While the defender was on the floor, Cooper landed on the youngster’s head but the match officials didn’t see it and there was no further punishment for the Whites player.
Irons fans were quick to have their say on the incident via social media as the video emerged, and they were far from pleased of the treatment against their man, with some saying it was worse than a similar clash involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings in the Premier League last month.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction to the story…
@WHUFC_News Dirty Leeds…
— Complexicated ???? (@Johnboy_Cook) April 1, 2017
— Michael Attridge (@MJAttridge) April 2, 2017
@WHUFC_News Outrageous, should be banned as clearly intentional…more than the one on Zlatan !!!⚒
— Neil Pettitt (@nellypp) April 1, 2017
— Jan Szabała (@DzonAFC) April 1, 2017
@WHUFC_News Get him home and our pitch
— David McIntosh (@waldairbooks) April 2, 2017
@WHUFC_News Expect no less from Leeds
— Andy Chase (@andychase62) April 1, 2017