Middlesbrough’s trip to Loftus Road will tell a tale of not only a 3-0 victory for one Boro fan, but also of an arrest that some say takes the p***.
On the pitch it was goals from central defender Daniel Ayala (24′), left-back George Friend (34′) and winger Adama Traore (85′) that won the all-important three points for the Teessiders, but it was an incident off the pitch that has been splashed across the headlines.
According to a report from BBC Sport, also carried across other media outlets, it was an early shower for one Middlesbrough fan accused of allegedly urinating in the water bottle of QPR keeper Alex Smithies.
The video (above), and stills, shown in this Mirror article, appear to show a fan behind Alex Smithies’ goal apparently ‘urinating’ in a bottle of a pink hue before throwing it back on the pitch and behind the QPR stopper’s goal.
Whilst it is unclear whether or not the man in question actually urinated into the bottle or not, it is a story that has caused both concern and some degree of notoriety, as can be seen by the following tweet by Cleveland Police and reply by the Football Unit for the Metropolitan Police.
After an investigation @MPSFootballUnit can confirm that the male arrested at the @QPRFC v @Boro game yesterday has been charged with throwing an item on to the pitch. The male has been bailed and will appear at court next month.
— MPS Football Unit (@MPSFootballUnit) January 21, 2018
Comment and reaction to this story over on Twitter
QPR Goalkeeper takes the piss. https://t.co/Of0jG303nt
— Fit Aboot It! (@fitabootit) January 21, 2018
— Dave Corbyn (@CorbynDave) January 21, 2018
What we all really want to know is, did qpr’s keeper drink the piss?
— Steve Ward (@steveward1984) January 21, 2018
Qpr fans have had horse shit thrown at them and now their keeper has drank piss. Unreal. Just couldn’t happen to a better club.
— Joe (@JoeCrippsThe3rd) January 21, 2018
Piss poor #Qpr
— Tony Ryan (@Tonyryan111) January 20, 2018
— Sean Gribben (@SPGribben) January 21, 2018
Urination or non-urination for the Middlesbrough fan involved and arrested, it appears that this is one alleged ‘message in a bottle’ that the Police are taking very seriously. He will appear in court next month, charged with throwing an object onto the pitch, where he will be no doubt hoping that the judge will take into account every breath he takes. Whatever the sentence handed down, it is likely that fans in future will say don’t stand so close to me.