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Danny Williams involved in on-field scuffle with Reading captain


Danny Williams has done a solid job of frustrating opposing teams throughout his time at Reading, but the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder’s most recent target was his own captain.

In Tuesday’s match against Middlesbrough, Williams and Reading captain┬áPaul McShane engaged in a small scuffle in what turned out to be a 2-1 loss. Williams appeared to take exception to being chewed out by his captain after failing to mark one of Middlesbrough’s attackers.

“I’ve now had an opportunity to see back the footage of last night’s incident,” said Reading manager Brian McDermott, “and I have talked with both Danny and Paul.

“It happened in the heat of the moment, during an extremely tight game against a very good Middlesbrough side, but I have reminded both players of their responsibilities to both the club and its supporters.”

Williams has appeared in 37 matches for Reading this season while scoring five times.

Check out the incident in the video below:

What do you make of the altercation? Any concerns on how it will affect Williams’ place with the team?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Williams plays with a lot of passion. If memory serves me right, there was also a very small confrontation with Goodson during the Italy game (2 years ago). We were defending for our lives and there was blown coverage between them, Goodson pointed out to Williams and Williams started to yell at him in frustration, Goodson quickly reached out him, embracing him and touching heads in a good gesture and that was the end of it. We ended up winning the game on a Dempsey score.

  2. Disturbing failure of protocol, generally understood a captain eye gouges his charge before moving on to a Glasgow kiss.

  3. Nothing serious from my perspective.

    Two grown men in the middle of competition with emotions at heightened levels. I’m sure a simple handshake resolved this after the match (unless there’s something deeper going on).

  4. Just watched the video: if you look at the replay at the end, the “captain” (i’m putting that in quotes because the following isn’t certainly acting like a captain) looks like he lowers his head for a head butt. ???! completely unprofessional. Look, teammates have confrontations in all sports (hey Papplebon!) so i’m not upset with Danny for getting face to face with a teammate, but the captain took it to the next level with the headbutt. That guy should get fined/cut/lose the armband.


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