Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira was involved in an altercation with an Everton fan following his team’s 3-2 defeat at Goodison Park on Thursday.
Crystal Palace threw away a 2-0 half-time lead in the second half, and the dramatic victory for the Toffees ensured their Premier League status for another season.
After the final whistle, the delirious home fans descended onto the pitch to celebrate.
But one fan approached Patrick Vieira and appeared to taunt him.
The former Arsenal midfielder initially ignored the man before turning to confront him.
Patrick Vieira kicked him before being ushered away by other Everton supporters.
Vieira chose not to talk about the incident in his post-match media conference.
However, Frank Lampard talks about the situation.
The Everton boss said at his own media conference:
“I feel for Patrick.
“I didn’t get him at the end. And I would have said, ‘come in with us’ – although he might not have wanted that.
“Of course, he ran 80 yards across the pitch, and it’s not easy.”
This was not the first unsavoury incident in English football in the last week involving pitch invasions.
A Nottingham Forest fan was assaulting Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp following Forest’s penalty shoot-out win in the Championship play-off semi-finals on Tuesday.
Further concerns were raised about fans endangering players during pitch invasions after both League Two playoff games involving Mansfield Town and Northampton Town on Wednesday and Swindon Town and Port Vale on Thursday.
On the fans coming onto the pitch, Frank Lampard added:
“It was pure ecstasy of fans who have come on the pitch after avoiding relegation.
“If we can do it in the right way, let them stay on the pitch and have their moment. As long as they behave, no problem.”
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