Rangers’ James Tavernier was left stunned after he was struck by a pie that has been thrown on the back of him at Aberdeen during midweek.
A video shows the former Leeds (youth), Newcastle (youth), Gateshead, Carlisle, Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, Wigan, Bristol City and Rotherham player about to take a throw in, but as soon as the ball leaves his hands, the object splats upon impact.
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An Aberdeen spokesperson said: “The club is aware and is investigating. To date we haven’t received any complaints.”
Superintendent Murray Main, event police lead for the match, said: “We are aware that during the game a player was struck with an item of food which was part of a bread roll and can confirm that no complaints have been made to police regarding this incident.”
Tavernier carried on playing following the incident and police confirmed that there had been no complaints made.
Aberdeen say they are "aware and investigating" claims that Rangers captain James Tavernier was struck by a pie during Wednesday's Scottish Premiership draw.https://t.co/mg9BKTvrpM pic.twitter.com/QcU3WhBb7y
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@BillRockSport claimed that the object was a banana, which certainly got fans angry: “James Tavernier being hit by a banana thrown at Pittodrie tonight is nothing short of moronic in itself but at a time where decent people are condemning rightly, abuse British players are facing abroad, it makes it all the more despicable. Edouard monkey noises in Rome, shameful”
Aberdeen came back from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw. They are still 9 points behind Rangers who are second in the table and 12 behind leaders Celtic.
Back in April, Motherwell banned one of their supporters “indefinitely” for throwing an object at Tavernier.
Items including a lighter, pie and coin all landed close to the Ibrox captain during Rangers’ 3-0 victory at Fir Park.
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After finding out that Rangers’ James Tavernier was struck by a pie that was thrown at his back at Aberdeen, fans took to give their reaction with many making a pun or two – see those tweets on the next page.