Police target fan that threw cabbage at Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 03/10/18 12:14pm
West Midlands Police have opened up an investigation after a cabbage was thrown in the direction of Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce during the 3-3 draw with Preston at Villa Park on Tuesday.
Bruce was not struck by the vegetable, which was thrown by a spectator in the Trinity Road Stand.
Glenn Whelan had a 97th-minute penalty saved as Villa's poor run of form continued, leaving them with only one win from their last nine league matches.
A spokesperson for West Midlands Police told Sky Sports News: "A cabbage was thrown at the dugout from the stand. We are working with the club to identify the person."
Bruce, who has been in charge at Villa for two years, expressed his anger at the incident in his post-match interview.
"To say it's disappointing is an understatement for a club like this, (the cabbage was thrown) before we had even started," the 57-year-old said.
"The guy who is being questioned…unfortunately, it sums up the society we are in at the moment. There's no respect for anyone.
"Certainly for someone like him, I'm surprised he knew what a cabbage was. I find the whole thing hugely disrespectful."
Villa have won only three of their opening 11 matches and currently sit in 12th place, two points off the play-off positions.