By clinching the Premier League title on Sunday, Manchester City are the latest club to see their attacking on the pitch go horribly wrong. Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was attacked by fans after the match when he tried to leave the field. Look:
Team issued a statement saying the following,
Manchester City would like to sincerely apologize to Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen, who was attacked after the final whistle in tonight’s match as fans took to the pitch. a ban on visiting the stadium for an indefinite period.
This is the third time fans have quarreled since this week’s assault. Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp was knocked down by a Nottingham Forest fan after Forrest’s victory took them to the Championship play-off final at Wembley. Despite being a former Forest player himself, Sharpe was still a target. After the match, manager Paul Heckingbottom said: “This is an attack. We saw one of our players get attacked.
At Goodison Park, a fan attacked Patrick Vieira and he ended up retaliating after Everton secured the Premier League on Thursday after a dramatic 3-2 victory over Vieira’s Crystal Palace side.
The Premier League is currently investigating Vieira, but it goes without saying that managers and players should not be put into situations like this during or after matches. The Everton match is actually a particularly troubling occasion, with fans storming the pitch even after the final whistle. An 85th-minute header by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, which ended the comeback and secured the Toffees, was immediately followed by fans rushing onto the pitch, causing a significant delay before order was restored.
Storming the pitch can be a fun and memorable way to celebrate a victory, but it shouldn’t be allowed to happen before the opposing team is on the pitch. This can create dangerous situations like the ones above, situations that seem to happen more often.