Charlie Austin labels Southampton fanbase 'sh*t' in deleted Twitter row

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Charlie Austin and West Bromwich Albion are flying high at the top of the Championship at the moment.

The striker was an unused substitute on Saturday as the Baggies drew 2-2 at home to Nottingham Forest as they sit four points clear with a return to the Premier League firmly in their sights.

Austin has contributed eight goals in black and white stripes since arriving at the Hawthorns in the summer after spending three years at Southampton.

And following yesterday's draw, the 30-year-old  was involved in a Twitter spat with a couple of Saints supporters.

Austin initially Tweeted about social media abuse which was met with a comment reading: "Difficult to get behind a striker who couldn't run five minutes without huffing and puffing Chaz!

"Big mouth for a man who accelerates slower than a 50 tonne lorry on an icy slope. Blame the club that paid your wages and supports your kids instead of yourself. WHAT A ROLE MODEL."

And the Championship striker didn't hold back in his response, calling the supporter a 'cheeky c**t' before labelling the Southampton fanbase as 'sh*te.'

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He wasn't done there though as he responded to another Saints fan who pointed out how he contradicted his initial statement by insulting the club's fanbase.

Austin went on to say: "You're sh*t fans, you don't sing to get behind the team only when they score never when they need a boost."

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The Tweets have since been deleted by the Baggies striker but the damage had already been done.

During his three years at St Mary's, Austin netted 20 goals in 81 appearances and was part of the side that reached the EFL Cup final in 2017.

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