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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."


Chelsea boss Hiddink: You must play with joy

Guus Hiddink. Credit: PA

Guus Hiddink has encouraged players to rediscover their love for the game and play in the moment since taking caretaker charge of Chelsea.

Hiddink suffered his first loss of his second spell last Tuesday at Paris St Germain and goes into Sunday's FA Cup fifth round tie against Manchester City seeking a victory to extend his 100 per cent record in the competition.

The Dutchman won the trophy in 2009 after Chelsea beat Watford, Coventry, Arsenal and, at Wembley in the final, Everton.

"Deep down you must play with joy," Hiddink said.

"If you play with joy then the best comes out of a player. Joy is not always laughing. It is enjoying being a professional, enjoying training and doing your job, which is sometimes tough.

"But if you enjoy it and if you do it, not all day smiling, but you feel a little bit natural, then I think the performance is unconditioned."

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FA reduce cost of FA Cup final and semi-final tickets

The Football Association has reacted to the storm over ticket prices by reducing the cost of attending the FA Cup final and semi-finals.

The FA have introduced £5 cuts across the board. Credit: PA

Following five pound cuts across the board, tickets for the May 21 Wembley showpiece will start at £45, excluding concessions, and semi-final tickets will begin at £30.

A statement from the FA read:

Following discussions led by chief executive Martin Glenn, The FA today confirms that ticket prices for the 2016 Emirates FA Cup final at Wembley have been reduced by £5 across all price points.

In addition, tickets for this year's semi-final matches revert back to 2014 prices. So far, this season's competition has seen attendances close to two million and £13m distributed to clubs across the football pyramid.

The FA is in a good financial position and lowering the cost of these showpiece matches is in recognition of the strong, continued commitment from fans supporting the world's original cup competition.

– Football Association statement
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