Manchester Metropolis have launched an investigation after Aston Villa’s goalkeeper was assaulted throughout a pitch invasion – with Sky pundits Gary Neville and Roy Keane calling the perpetrators “idiots” and “scumbags”.
It occurred as followers flooded on to the Etihad pitch after Metropolis clinched the Premier League title with a remarkable comeback.
Video exhibits Robin Olsen being touched or slapped on the again of the pinnacle by one fan, pushed by one other, earlier than a 3rd man apparently hits him within the face – although it is unclear if it was intentional.
Olsen is “utterly advantageous” however did take a “bang on the again of the pinnacle,” mentioned Aston Villa – who regard the matter as closed and will not be making a grievance.
It follows different current pitch invasion incidents, together with a fan who was jailed for headbutting Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp, and Crystal Palace supervisor Patrick Vieira involved in an altercation with an Everton supporter.
Former Manchester United stars Neville and Keane mentioned it was deeply regarding.
“Working on the pitch is clearly delirious – they’ve gained the league – so I get that,” mentioned Neville.
“However attacking the opposition gamers on the pitch, the place has this come from? Why is it occurring?… It is completely ridiculous.”
Keane, who performed alongside Neville at Manchester United, referred to as it a “shame” and steered somebody may even “do one thing foolish like stab a participant”.
“A participant or a supervisor goes to be severely injured,” he mentioned.
Manchester Metropolis mentioned it needed to “sincerely apologise” to Olsen.
“The Membership has launched a right away investigation and as soon as recognized, the person accountable will likely be issued with an indefinite stadium ban,” it mentioned in a press release.
The FA can even be investigating and mentioned it was “very involved concerning the rise in anti-social behaviour from followers as we attain the tip of the season”.
“Golf equipment play a significant position in addressing this challenge and they should stop pitch invasions from occurring, in addition to taking their very own motion towards people who break the principles and the regulation,” it mentioned.
“The FA will likely be looking for to do all that it may to work with golf equipment in addition to addressing the problems from a disciplinary perspective.”