More fan violence broke out in a series of pitch invasions last night where Patrick Vieira was seen kicking an Everton fan who repeatedly taunted him and Swindon Town players were attacked by Port Vale supporters celebrating their playoff semi-final victory on penalties.
The Everton supporter involved in the skirmish had filmed himself abusing Mr Vieira and giving him the middle finger before the Crystal Palace manager eventually kicked out, sending the moron tumbling to the ground.
Thousands of people had ran on to the pitch a Goodison Park last night after Everton’s extraordinary 3-2 win over Crystal Palace helped Frank Lampard’s team avoid relegation. But Palace’s players and manager were left totally exposed and were not properly protected by stewards or police.
It was another shameful night for football in a week where Nottingham Forest fan Robert Biggs was jailed for 24 weeks for headbutting Sheffield Utd striker Billy Sharp on Tuesday night.
And Sharp’s fellow Blades striker Oli McBurnie has now been told to speak to police after he was accused of stamping on a Forest fan during the same pitch invasion.
As the football season comes to a crescendo, there was also violence at Wednesday’s Northampton’s playoff clash with Mansfield where a Cobblers fans threw a flare at opposition players after confronting them on the pitch when they went through. Luton Town boss Nathan Jones said he had been abused as Huddersfield fans ran on to celebrate their team’s win on Monday. And Everton fans were also accused of racially abusing the families of Brentford players when they lost 3-2 on Sunday.
As clubs were told to get a grip on invasions – and a police officer was even seen playing football with fans on the pitch at Goodison Park last night – it emerged:
Patrick Vieira faces an FA investigation after kicking out at a fan on the night Everton celebrated securing their Premier League status. He was taunted by several fans. After initially walking away from one supporter, who had been waving a phone in his face, Vieira turned back and made a grab for the youngster before kicking him to the ground;
Port Vale beat Swindon Town in a topsy-turvy penalty shootout in the League 2 playoff semi-final last night. But in the pitch invasion that followed, the unprotected Swindon team was surrounded by fans and a melee broke out;
Brentford are preparing the biggest police operation in their history for Sunday’s final Premier League game of the season at home to Leeds amid fears that travelling fans will go on the rampage if relegated. The club’s special operation includes increasing the number of Met Police officers on duty from about 100 to 800;
The week’s events have led football bosses to threaten clubs with sanctions in an effort to curb the disgraceful behaviour which has plagued multiple tiers of the game this week. Clubs could face stadium closures as a result of the violence.
In the Premier League, Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira is facing an FA investigation after appearing to kick out at a fan on the night Everton celebrated securing their Premier League status.
Footage emerged of Vieira seeming to lash out at a home supporter who was part of a mass pitch invasion following the Toffees’ 3-2 comeback win on Thursday night.
The fan who was involved seemingly posted a video of the incident on Twitter with the footage showing someone putting a middle finger in the face of Vieira, who then reacts.
Asked about the incident after the match, Vieira said: ‘I’ve got nothing to say about that.’ Thousands of jubilant Everton supporters who had seen their side secure Premier League survival invaded the pitch following the match.
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Source: Daily Mail