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Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen attacked during the invasion of the Etihad Stadium pitch after Premier League victory as Man City fans smash the goalposts ‘like the Scots at Wembley’ and Roy Keane worries about player safety, Gary Neville rips ‘ridiculous’ fans


Manchester City have apologized to Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen who was assaulted during the invasion of the pitch as fans celebrated once again being crowned champions of England.

Pep Guardiola’s side got off to a horrific start at the Eithad Stadium, trailing 2-0 before pulling off a stunning late comeback to win 3-2 and over Aston Villa, propelling Liverpool to the Premier League title once again.

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City fans stormed the pitch and the goalposts were injured at the Etihad

Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen attacked during the invasion of the Etihad Stadium pitch after Premier League victory as Man City fans smash the goalposts ‘like the Scots at Wembley’ and Roy Keane worries about player safety, Gary Neville rips ‘ridiculous’ fans

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However, Olsen was attacked during the celebrations

It was a momentous day for City and the emotions were running high, especially in the way they claimed top spot.

The stands emptied and fans ran onto the pitch in celebration, with pitch invasions becoming a huge talking point in recent days.

A Nottingham Forest fan has been jailed for an attack on Billy Sharp, while there have been other incidents involving Everton and Crystal Palace.

And it appeared that Olsen, who replaced Emi Martinez between the sticks, was attacked as he tried to leave the pitch full time.

“Manchester City would like to sincerely apologize to Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen who was assaulted after the final whistle in today’s game when the fans entered the pitch,” said City in a statement.

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


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Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen attacked during the invasion of the Etihad Stadium pitch after Premier League victory as Man City fans smash the goalposts ‘like the Scots at Wembley’ and Roy Keane worries about player safety, Gary Neville rips ‘ridiculous’ fans

City won their fourth title in five seasons and the fans celebrated wildly

Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen attacked during the invasion of the Etihad Stadium pitch after Premier League victory as Man City fans smash the goalposts ‘like the Scots at Wembley’ and Roy Keane worries about player safety, Gary Neville rips ‘ridiculous’ fans

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And on Monday, Greater Manchester Police released a statement revealing two football fans have been charged with other offences.

“Phillip Maxwell (01/04/94), of Anzio Row, Knowsley, has been charged with launching a (pyrotechnic) missile into the field and will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on May 23, 2022.

“Paul Colbridge (17/08/84), of Whitegate Drive, Salford, has been charged with entering the field and will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on June 7, 2022.

“Both were released on bail ahead of court appearances.

“Investigations into the reported assault of a player on the pitch after the final whistle are ongoing with officers working in partnership with both football clubs.”

Footage showed the Etihad goal posts smashed with talkSPORT host Adrian Durham describing the scenes as similar to those when Scottish fans stormed the Wembley turf in 1977.

“Where Manchester City scored their three goals, the crossbar was broken,” Durham said. “It’s like the Scots at Wembley in the 70s. The crossbar was broken, it was broken to our right.

“The pitch is being cleared, I think they realize there will be a title celebration. That’s where the goals were scored. They probably want a memento.

“There’s no indication that it’s hooliganism and violence or unrest. It’s just fans rocking on it and sitting on it. It’s now broken.

“The pitch is being cleared, I think they realize there will be a title celebration. That’s where the goals were scored. They probably want a memento.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen attacked during the invasion of the Etihad Stadium pitch after Premier League victory as Man City fans smash the goalposts ‘like the Scots at Wembley’ and Roy Keane worries about player safety, Gary Neville rips ‘ridiculous’ fans

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Micky Gray added: “They probably do. You don’t want to put a damper on someone winning the Premier League and the way that Premier League has gone.

“You talk about fans coming onto the pitch, and we talked about that before this game actually, in front of me there was a boy who got kicked out and was crying. His dad came over and hugged him. away from the supporters who surrounded the young man.

“There was a lady steward, she got knocked down. It’s a long season and I’m not negative, but I want to point out that things I wish didn’t happen.

“We don’t want to see that. We don’t want to talk about that. We want to talk about a fantastic day for Manchester City.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen attacked during the invasion of the Etihad Stadium pitch after Premier League victory as Man City fans smash the goalposts ‘like the Scots at Wembley’ and Roy Keane worries about player safety, Gary Neville rips ‘ridiculous’ fans

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“They are taking over the Premier League, back to back, but we have to point that out.”

Former Man United captain Roy Keane has called fans who cause trouble “scumbags” and are worried about the safety of players and managers.

” It is shameful. It really is and I’m telling you what – a player or a manager is going to be seriously injured,” he said.

“If you’re crazy enough to hit a player, then you’re crazy enough to do something stupid like stabbing a player. Something crazy is going to happen. People came back from Covid and forgot how to behave.

“Idiots, assholes. It’s a shame. We’ve seen it several times at Forest and with Patrick Vieira. It’s absolutely shameful.

Gary Neville added:

“We obviously have a lot more kids coming to the games, a lot more women coming to the games, and all of a sudden over the last few weeks and months we’ve got these idiots not just run on the field but also to attack the players. What are you doing?

“Running onto the pitch is obviously delusional because City have won the league so I understand that, but attacking opposing players on the pitch – where does that come from? Why does that happen? I have no idea. This is absolutely ridiculous.



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