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Baggies fans backing Brunt in charity gesture

By Jamie Gardiner

West Bromwich Albion supporters are to hold bucket collections to raise money for a charity of Chris Brunt's choice at this Saturday's home Premier League match with Crystal Palace.

Brunt was struck by a coin thrown from the away section as he went over to give his shirt to a young Baggies supporter at the end of Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

A group of up to 30 fans will collect money outside The Hawthorns ahead of Saturday evening's match and invite the Northern Ireland international to donate it to a favoured good cause. Brunt is also set to appear on the cover of Saturday's matchday programme above the word 'Loyalty'.

The 31-year-old said he was "disgusted" after being struck just underneath his left eye by the coin thrown by one of his team's own fans after the 3-1 loss.

The Belfast man, however, has said he is prepared to meet the individual who threw a coin at him.

"I hope whoever thought it was alright to throw coins at their own team has a good look at themselves," said Brunt. "They know where I am during the week and if they want to come and have a discussion about it it's not a problem. I am a big lad, I can take it."

The FA will assist West Brom and Chelsea, as well as police over coin-throwing incidents.

Chelsea fans threw missiles towards a group of Manchester City players as they celebrated an equalising goal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, an action described as "idiotic and dangerous" by a Blues spokesman after the game. It is understood that no action is likely to be taken against the clubs involved, because it is accepted that it is impossible for clubs to fully safeguard against individuals throwing coins onto the pitch.

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