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Police make arrest over West Brom coin throw

West Bromwich Albion's Chris Brunt (left) was hit by a coin thrown from the crowd during his side's FA Cup match with Reading. Credit: PA

Police have made an arrest as they investigate the incident that saw West Brom's Chris Brunt hit by a coin.

The midfielder appeared to be struck as he approached his own club's fans following Albion's 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Reading on Saturday.

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Tony Pulis will not discuss West Brom future until the end of this season

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has refused to commit his future to The Hawthorns.

The manager's contract expires in 2017 but he has offered no assurances he will stay and will seek talks with chairman Jeremy Peace in the summer.

Pulis will not discuss his West Brom future until the summer Credit: PA

Pulis has come under fire from fans after Saturday's 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Reading and tempers boiled over when Chris Brunt was hit by a coin thrown from the Albion section following the final whistle.

He told the BBC: "Let's get through the season, let's sit down and see where we go from there. The most important thing is to try and keep the club up in the Premier League.

"I'll sit down with Jeremy and we'll take it from there."

Pulis has been in charge since January 2015, replacing Alan Irvine, signing a two-and-a-half year deal. Albion are 14th in the Barclays Premier League but have won just twice in their last 11 games in all competitions

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West Brom's Chris Brunt urges coin-throwing fan to come forward

Chris Brunt reacts angrily after a coin is thrown from the crowd after the FA Cup defeat at Reading Credit: Reuters

Chris Brunt insists he could have been blinded after being hit by a coin thrown from West Brom's own fans.

The Northern Ireland international was hit under his left eye by a coin thrown from the visiting section as he went to hand his shirt over to a Baggies supporter following their 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Reading on Saturday.

The police are treating the incident as assault with the Football Association also investigating while Press Association Sport understands Albion will issue a lifetime ban to anyone found guilty.

Brunt confronts the West Brom fans at the Madejski Stadium Credit: Reuters

Brunt was then involved in a heated exchange with a group of fans and believes the coin may have blinded him.

"It could have done but it is done now, you can accept criticism and accept people having a go at you in games for not playing well individually or as a team but you can't accept people throwing stuff," he said.

"I can't pick that coin up and throw it back at him. If I did that I would be all over the news and probably sitting in a police cell. It is definitely not on.

Brunt is ushered off the pitch by teammate Darren Fletcher Credit: PA

"I was pretty angry in the heat of the moment. I didn't see what happened, I turned around and got hit by a coin. I don't know who threw it , I don't know where it came from. It is a brave man to throw a coin from there and a braver man if he admits to it.

"I don't really see how that was any different to whacking someone in the street. We are not allowed to do it and nobody is allowed to do it in the street so why should he be allowed to throw coins at football matches?

Brunt suffered a cut under his left eye in the incident Credit: Reuters

Brunt does not expect anyone who threw the coin to apologise to him despite widespread condemnation about the incident.

He said: "Probably not, but it would show and make him a bigger man than what he was to throw a coin from 20 yards away to hit me in the head if he owned up to it. You are throwing football back 20 years with some of the behaviour there.

WBA Supporters Trust: Coin incident 'appalling and despicable'

Alan Cleverley from the West Bromwich Albion Supporters Trust has described yesterday's coin throwing incident as "appalling and despicable."

West Brom player Chris Brunt was struck beneath his left eye by a coin at the end of their 3-1 loss away at Reading.

Police and FA investigating WBA coin incident

Thames Valley Police and the Football Association are investigating after a coin was thrown at West Bromwich Albion player Chris Brunt after their defeat in the FA Cup away at Reading.

The club have called the behaviour of a few of their travelling fans "sickening, barbaric and criminal."

"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."

– Thames Valley Police statement
Chris Brunt (left) was struck beneath his left eye by a coin Credit: Scott Heavey / PA Wire/Press Association Images

"The FA is investigating the incident in which an object was thrown from the crowd at Chris Brunt at the end of the Reading v West Bromwich Albion game as well as the crowd disturbances in the away section of the stadium. We strongly condemn any such behaviour and will work with both clubs and the authorities to identify those responsible."

– FA statement

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WBA: Behaviour of few fans "sickening, barbaric and criminal"

West Bromwich Albion have labelled the behaviour of a few of their travelling fans at the end of their FA Cup fifth round defeat at Reading as "sickening, barbaric and criminal."

West Brom player Chris Brunt was struck beneath his left eye by a coin at the end of their 3-1 loss.

The club says they are working with all relevant authorities to identify the offender.

Chris Brunt after being struck by a coin Credit: Scott Heavey / PA Wire/Press Association Images

We are working with all the relevant authorities to identify as quickly as possible the offender, who can expect the severest of sanctions by the Club for his actions.

– WBA Statement
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Brunt confronts West Brom fans after FA Cup defeat at Reading

Chris Brunt and Darren Fletcher confront West Brom's fans in the away end. Credit: PA

West Brom's Chris Brunt was involved in a heated exchange with his own fans after appearing to be hit by an object following their 3-1 defeat at Reading.

Brunt had gone over to applaud the visiting fans following their FA Cup fifth round exit but went down clutching his face as he approached the away end.

The Northern Ireland international then confronted a group of Albion fans before being led away by captain Darren Fletcher.

In comments reported by BBC Sport, the 31-year-old said: "I was walking towards our supporters at the end, and they thought it was okay to throw a coin at their own players. I'm disgusted.

"If they want to come forward and say they don't like what they've seen then that's fine. Fans are frustrated we were 1-0 up and lost.

"They paid a lot of money to come, but a small minority spoilt it. There were young kids there. I was absolutely disgusted and ashamed."

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QPR midfielder set for West Brom medical on Friday

Will Sandro remain fit for West Brom? Credit: PA

West Brom have agreed a loan fee with QPR that would see Sandro move to the Hawthorns until the summer.

The Brazilian midfielder has been plagued by injuries since leaving Spurs for the Super Hoops in September 2014.

He is expected to undergo a medical in the West Midlands today and could be available for West Brom's Premier League fixture against Swansea on February 2nd.

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