West Brom captain Darren Fletcher says he was insulted by Swansea City fans about his health during the sides’ 1-1 draw on Tuesday evening, per the South Wales Evening Post.
It was during a break in play, in which Fletcher had been arguing with the referee about a decision which had gone Swansea’s way, when the Scot claimed to hear abuse from some opposition fans.
A clash between the Albion’s Stephane Sessegnon and Swansea’s Ki Sung-Yeung had left the latter slightly concussed, but Fletcher says he hadn’t realised in his pursuit of the referee.
Fletcher, who suffers from ulcerative colitis, a condition which had threatened to end his career a few years ago, said of the matter:
I didn’t see their player injured, I was complaining because I thought it was a corner to us. Then the Swansea fans started giving me a bit of stick about my illness. It’s part and parcel of the game and the West Brom fans gave me a lot of support and I gave them a little clap back.
The Scottish international’s condition has caused him to lose extreme amounts of weight over short periods of time, but said he wasn’t concerned about the incident:
I was complaining and they took exception. It looked like a serious injury so I understand their frustration, but I didn’t see him. It’s part and parcel of the game. I’m big enough to accept it. It’s fine by me, it doesn’t bother me one bit.
Fletcher has been a key part of the West Brom midfield this season and has played in all 24 Premier League matches for Tony Pulis’ side.