Middlesbrough have held talks with three players who were accused of confronting the travelling fans after the FA Cup fourth round defeat against Newport this week, according to Gazette Live.
The defeat to Newport was one of Middlesbrough’s worst performances of the season so far, mustering just one shot on target against the mid-table League Two side.
The Boro fans who had travelled to Rodney Parade had vented their frustration towards the players at the final whistle, and reports had surfaced suggesting three first-team players had had an exchange with the supporters.
Social media claims of Adam Clayton, Muhamed Besic and Rudy Gestede taunting the disgruntled fans has resulted in the club holding talks with the trio. Mixed reports suggested Gestede had swore at fans, Clayton had asked ‘what was wrong’ despite the poor performance and Besic had mimicked crying at the supporters. However, no official reports or evidence has been captured.
There has been no formal complaints by supporters who ‘witnessed’ the incident, and the club are not prepared to indulge in a further investigation.
Having held talks, Gazette Live have reported Middlesbrough are happy with the players despite the rumours, and must now concentrate on the game against Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.
After a torrid evening in Wales on Tuesday, Boro now have fresh injury concerns ahead of the weekend’s game. Britt Assombalonga, Jordan Hugill, George Saville and Lewis Wing are all to be assessed, with the striking duo being substituted in the FA Cup tie, Saville having not played due to an ankle problem, and Wing playing with a strain for the full 90 minutes.