Thames Valley Police have confirmed that they will speak to West Brom’s Chris Brunt after he was struck by a coin thrown by an Albion fan after he went over to thank them for their support following the FA Cup defeat to Reading.
Furthermore, the police also say that another supporter was arrested for a racially aggravated public order offence after he verbally abused a steward at the Madejski Stadium.
TVP are also investigating reports that both sets of supporters threw objects at each other, and there is also a suggestion that a bottle was launched in the direction of a Reading player.
As reported by Sky Sports, the full statement from Sergeant Richard Noone of Thames Valley Police’s Tactical and Football Operations read as follows:
We are investigating a number of incidents during the FA Cup match between Reading and West Bromwich Albion at the Madejski Stadium.
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.
We would ask anyone with any information about these incidents to contact Thames Valley Police immediately. I would particularly appeal to anyone who has videos of these incidents to contact police, as such footage might aid our investigations.
Sky also report that an image of the fan who threw the coin has been handed to the police by stewards who identified him. West Brom will give him a lifetime ban if he’s found guilty of the offence.