MANCHESTER CITY face an FA rap after ugly scenes at the end of their draw against Southampton.
The three pitch invaders had to be pushed to the ground by Saints managers while fans were also arrested as they struggled with security and police in the stands.
St Mary’s Club will investigate reports of at least one object being thrown and a fire burning in the away field.
Saints will review CCTV footage and decide what further actions need to be taken.
At least one of the yard invaders was arrested by management and then apparently turned over to the police.
It’s a bad ending for a attractive 1-1 draw – and it’s not just fans who get involved in post-match confrontations.
City forward Jack Grealish and Saints ace Oriol Romeu had what host Ralph Hasenhuttl described as “A conversation” in the tunnel all the time.
Grealish angrily shoved Romeu in the first half of the game as the Spaniard stood up to a rough tackle by Southampton defender Jan Bednarek.
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The Premier League declined to comment on the crowd incident.
Initial responsibility for dealing with fan behavior rests with clubs and local authorities, including the police.
The FA will deal with any disciplinary issues but City could face fines for not keeping their fans in check.
City defender Aymeric Laporte posted a photo on Twitter his panting thigh after a sick stud challenge from Saints quarterback Stuart Armstrong.
Incredibly, Armstrong received only one ticket, despite VAR review.
“We played really well and could have deserved more, but if we don’t score more than one it’s very difficult,” Laporte said.
Hasenhuttl praises his side for stopping Man City’s winning machine – again.
The Saints continued their goalless draw at the Etihad in September by stopping City’s run of Prem wins at the age of 12.
Hasenhuttl said: “We had a point at the Etihad but to do it again is more remarkable.
“City had a week to prepare and they came with their best squad.
“It was great not losing to them, really fighting for the points and deserved it for the effort and passion we put in.
“For me, Pep is the best in the world.
“Being unbeaten against him means a lot to my staff and this team.”
The Saints soon took the lead thanks to Kyle Walker-Peters but Laporte equalized in the second half.
Walker-Peters was delighted with his first Prem goal and the full-back said: “It wasn’t a bad shot was it?
“It’s a great feeling and it’s even better to see the home fans.”
Southampton deserved a point and City manager Pep Guardiola said: “That’s why it’s the hardest title every season.
“What can I say? Even if we won, it’s not over yet.”
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