American midfielder Brek Shea has seen his aspirations to become a key member of Barnsley cut short after the Championship side decided to end his loan three weeks early due to incidents with the team’s fanbase.
According to reports, the 24-year-old midfielder made some inappropriate gestures to the fans at the end of the match against Huddersfield on Mar. 1. His side lost by an expressive 5-0 margin, and he decided to point his frustration to the fanbase in a move that only worsened things between him and the club. As a result, Shea has been sent back to Stoke City since Barnsley “didn’t want to disrupt the excellent relationship that exists between the team and the fans.”
While the midfielder apologized later on Twitter and said he realized he shouldn’t have done that, he has been deservedly grounded for his mistake. There’s no excuse to point any kind of gesture to anyone no matter how bad things are going, and judging by the team’s performance in the specific contest against Huddersfield, the fans had little-to-no fault in what was a poor effort from Barnsley.
Shea’s history might not be over in England since Stoke wants to loan him again, and apparently there are several Championship teams keen to land him on another loan deal until the end of the current season. But he needs to know that this kind of mistake will not be forgiven again, and if he doesn’t learn, his future overseas – along with a place in future USMNT call-ups – might be in jeopardy.
That is, if it isn’t already.