Statement following today's FA Cup match between Reading and West Bromwich Albion
Saturday 20 February 2016, 9:22pm
Statement from Thames Valley Police following today's FA Cup match between Reading and West Bromwich Albion.
Sergeant Richard Noone of Thames Valley Police’s Tactical and Football Operations said: “We are investigating a number of incidents during today’s 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. The easiest way to do this is by calling 101 and quoting reference number 1307 (20/2).
“I would particularly appeal to anyone who has videos of these incidents to contact police, as such footage might aid our investigations.
“I understand that some people don’t feel comfortable speaking to police, so alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”