Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira appears to kick Everton fan in pitch invasion – ReadSector

Everton fans invaded the pitch after ensuring the survival of the Premier League and one fan appeared to be involved in an altercation with Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira

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Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira declined to comment after he appeared to kick an Everton fan involved in the pitch invasion following their Premier League thriller.

Everton fans stormed the pitch at Goodison Park as they earned a 3-2 win from a 2-0 deficit and secured survival in the top flight after their relegation battle. Footage shown on Sky Sports News showed a fan who appeared to goad Vieira as he walked across the pitch and back to the dressing rooms.

The Arsenal legend then appeared to turn and respond to the provocation, aiming a kick towards the supporter. Asked about the incident after the game, Vieira said: “I can’t comment on that.”

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira appeared to be involved in a confrontation with an Everton fan


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A series of ugly incidents involving on-pitch invasions made headlines this week. Sheffield United star Billy Sharp was headbutted by a Nottingham Forest fan after Tuesday’s play-off semi-final defeat. Attacker Robert Biggs, meanwhile, has been sentenced to 24 weeks in prison and ordered to pay £500 in damages after pleading guilty to causing bodily harm.

Supporters also stormed the pitch during the League Two play-off semi-final second leg between Northampton and Mansfield on Wednesday. Mansfield’s Jordan Bowery was shoved by a supporter while a flare was also apparently thrown at players during the game.

Former Manchester United and Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin has criticized fans for taking to the pitch.

He said: “Having fans on the pitch is not the way to go, we have to stop letting fans on the pitch. You can’t have players fearing for their lives when there are players on the pitch. For any player or staff member on the field, it’s a scary place.”

Vieira appeared to kick the fan in question in footage shared by Sky Sports News


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The incident, in which Vieira appears to be involved, added a sour note to a night of celebration for Everton, who have flirted with Premier League relegation for the first time. Vieira, meanwhile, was “disappointed” after squandering a two-goal lead.

He told Sky Sports: “Disappointed because we played really good football in the first half and controlled the pace of the game and tactics. We went into the second half with confidence but didn’t respect the game as much as we did in the first half. Slowly they came into play, the first goal woke up the crowd and it became difficult for us, the game got into a fight and we couldn’t cope.

“We lost control. Tactically and technically we couldn’t hold the ball or move it fast enough. It became difficult to create chances. We didn’t score the third goal and they come back. We have to play more maturely. But that.” we must do to become a better team.

“We want to end the last game on a high. The fans at home were really good to us and stood behind the team. We have to give them what they deserve with a really good performance.”

After ensuring survival under Frank Lampard, defender Michael Keane told the BBC: “Our fans have been amazing and I’ve never heard anything like it.

“Pure relief it’s been a tough season but so proud of how the club have come together over the last six weeks and created a platform that we need to build on and ensure something like this never happens again.”

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who scored the winner, told Sky Sports: “Incredibly special. The pressure on us to go 2-0 down I had to make sure I was in the right area. An incredible experience.

Vieira was questioned about the incident after the game and declined to comment


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“What a rollercoaster football is sometimes. That’s why we love the game and the fans love it. Ideally we wouldn’t be in the situation we were in, but when there are moments like that to go from low to high, I am me not sure if i will sleep tonight.

“The way they welcomed us into the stadium is amazing. Blue flares everywhere. They made the difference. When we scored the first goal, they made the difference. Some fans have questioned my commitment to the club asked, but I always give 100%.” and I hope my goal and way of working showed that.”

In a separate interview with beIN Sports, he welcomed Frank Lampard’s changes, adding: “The manager switched it to a 4-3-3. Alex Iwobi came in midfield, as did Dele (Alli) – forward-thinking players. Ultimately I thought that made the difference.”

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