Loan of American midfielder Brek Shea to Barnsley cut short after incident with fan

Brek Shea's loan from Stoke to Barnsley has ended early following an incident between the American midfielder and a fan.

Shea made a gesture with a hand after a 5-0 loss at Huddersfield on March 1, according to The Sentinel newspaper in Stoke. The incident occurred while the 24-year-old Texan was restraining teammate Stephen Dawson as Dawson tried to reach a Stoke supporter.

Barnsley said in a statement on its website Monday that Shea had been returned to Stoke, his Premier League parent club. Hoping to see playing time and earn a spot on the U.S. World Cup roster, Shea made eight appearances for Barnsley of the second-tier League Championship since the loan began Jan. 1.

He had been due to remain with the club until April 3.