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Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
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'My goalkeeper was attacked. So I think those questions should go to Pep and Manchester City'

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard fumes after Robin Olsen is assaulted during a pitch invasion, with the club promising an indefinite ban.
May 22nd 2022, 7:43 PM 73,267 64

Updated May 22nd 2022, 9:30 PM

MANCHESTER CITY HAVE promised to issue an indefinite stadium ban to the supporter who assaulted Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen during the pitch invasion which followed the club being crowned Premier League champions.

Villa boss Steven Gerrard revealed in his post-match press conference that Olsen, who was making his debut for the injured Emi Martinez, suffered an injury after the full-time whistle.

City were quick to issue a statement condemning the actions of the person/persons involved.

After some other high-profile incidents with fans on the pitch over the last week, when asked if his own players managed to return to the dressing room safely Gerrard said: “No is the answer to that. My goalkeeper was attacked. So I think those questions should go to Pep and Manchester City.”

Asked about Olsen’s condition, the Villa supremo added: “We’re going to check on him.”

A Manchester City club statement read: “Manchester City would like to sincerely apologise to Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen, who was assaulted after the final whistle at today’s match when fans entered the pitch.

“The club has launched an immediate investigation and once identified, the individual responsible will be issued with an indefinite stadium ban.”

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has said he feared for his own safety and that of his players after being involved in an on-field incident with a fan at Everton.

Vieira was surrounded by jubilant Everton fans following the final whistle at Goodison Park on Thursday after the home side came back from 2-0 down to seal a 3-2 victory with a last-gasp winner that secured the Merseyside club’s Premier League status.

As the former France international was walking off the pitch to the away dressing room, he appeared to be repeatedly taunted by a fan and then reacted by attempting to kick out at the supporter.

Both the Football Association and Merseyside Police are looking into the incident — one of several recent worrying examples involving fans, players and coaching staff.

Vieira, speaking publicly for the first time about what had happened to him in midweek following Palace’s season-ending win at home to Manchester United on Sunday, said: “When you look at it in the Premier League, there were a lot of field invasions that can cause trouble.

“You don’t know what can happen. When you don’t know what can happen of course you fear for anything, for the players.”

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The former Arsenal and France star added: “As a coach, manager, player or staff we want to be safe in our workplace.

“I think there is a big issue on the FA and Premier League’s plate to deal with.”

The City game saw a repeat of the ugly scenes at Goodison, as supporters rushed onto the pitch both after Ilkay Gundogan’s winning goal and in greater numbers at full-time.

A Nottingham Forest fan was jailed this week for headbutting Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp after Tuesday’s Championship play-off semi-final, second leg.

There were also scenes of disorder at Port Vale on Thursday, with Swindon manager Ben Garner saying his players were “physically and verbally abused” following their League Two play-off semi-final defeat.

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