McClean blasts fan coin thrower as 'cowardly'
James McClean has branded the West Brom supporter who threw a coin at Baggies player Chris Brunt after their weekend FA Cup loss to Reading as a coward.
Belfast native Brunt was lucky to avoid the loss of an eye when one of his club's own fans threw a coin in his direction when the player approached Baggies fans after their 3-1 loss to Championship side Reading. The club are taking the matter seriously and both the FA and police in Reading are investigating, with WBA promising to impose a life ban on the supporter once he's found.
Team-mate McClean, who has been on the end of verbal abuse from fans of opposing clubs due to his stance on a number of sensitive issues, was clearly angered by the episode.
On his Twitter account, McClean wrote about the incident: "Everyone [is] right to be upset [at] todays (sic) result, but to throw a coin at any player, esp one who has played over 300 games for the club and hide, not having the decency to own is up, is just cowardly," .
Boss Tony Pulis was also outraged.
"We've seen an incident where a lad who's played more than 300 games for this club could have had an eye out. I hope the police get involved, let alone the football club. It's criminal and barbaric for me," Pulis said.
"Chris is upset and I can't blame him for that. It was a horrible incident."