The event was the latest in a series of plan invasions in English football
Premier League champions Manchester City have apologized to Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen after allegations that the Swede was “assaulted” during a plan invasion when the fans celebrated winning the title.
City retained their Premier League crown thanks to a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory over Villa at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, which triggered wild scenes as supporters stormed the pitch at the final whistle.
Players from both teams struggled to get off the pitch, and when asked afterwards if his men had reached the locker rooms safely, Villa coach Steven Gerrard replied: “The answer is no. My goalkeeper was attacked.
“I think those questions should go to Pep [Guardiola] and Manchester City. “
City soon issued an official statement confirming that they would investigate the allegations.
“Manchester City would like to sincerely apologize to Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen, who was attacked after the final whistle at today’s match when the fans went on the pitch,” it said in a short message.
“The club has launched an immediate investigation and once it has been identified, the responsible person will be banned from playing for an indefinite period.”
Soon pictures appeared of Olsen trying to get off the field at the final signal while being escorted by stewards.
The Swedish national team player, 32, is seen holding his face while fans crowd around him, although it seemed unclear whether an obvious blow to his face was intentional.
Aston Villa confirmed that the player was “completely fine” but took a “slap in the back of the head”, which indicated that the case was closed and that they would not file a complaint.
Olsen himself posted an angry Instagram message that blew up fans like “idiots”.
“Those idiots who attacked me will not ruin my feelings of today’s match. I had the opportunity to debut for this fantastic club, and we were really close to getting a good result against a tough opponent”, wrote the Swede, who among other things. . stands for regular Villa stopper Emiliano Martinez.
Even in the middle of the chaotic scenes, overzealous Man City fans were seen climbing the bar to one of the goals at the Etihad before the structure completely collapsed.
City fans knocked down the posts at Etihad. Stu Forster / Getty Images
English football has seen a series of controversial plan invasions across the country as the season draws to a close.
On Tuesday night, Everton fans celebrated their survival in the Premier League by storming onto the pitch in their Goodison Park home, where a fan became involved in a quarrel with Crystal Places manager Patrick Vieira after mocking him.
In even uglier scenes, a Nottingham Forest fan was imprisoned for six months after hitting Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp in the aftermath of his second match in the semifinals of the Swedish Championship play-offs.
Further down the English football ladder, Swindon Town’s players are said to have been attacked by Port Vale fans at the end of their playoffs in League Two.
Speaking about the latest incident, Manchester City manager Guardiola said: “I’m so sorry for the club. The feelings, it’s hard to understand why people react in this way.
“Hopefully we can find out who it was and he will be punished. I do not know how to stop it, you can not put 1,000 guards [around the pitch]. “
City retained their Premier League title under dramatic circumstances on Sunday, after falling to 2-0 against Villa until the 76th minute at the Etihad.
A defeat would have sent the title Liverpool’s way as the Reds fought back to beat the Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 in their match which took place at Anfield.
But City dug deep to turn the title race around in a remarkable six-minute period where they struck three times – twice through substitute Ilkay Gundogan and once through Rodri.
The title is the Catalan manager Guardiola’s fourth since joining City in 2016, and is the major betting club’s sixth Premier League crown in total.
Liverpool, who finished a lone point after their rivals in the table, have the consolation with a Champions League final against Real Madrid to look forward to in Paris on Saturday.