Roy Keane has referred to recent pitch invaders as “idiots, scumbags and a disgrace” after Aston Villa’s Robin Olsen was attacked at the Etihad. Once again, following incidents in recent fixtures involving Nottingham Forest and Everton, some of those taking to the field took their celebrations too far, with Swedish keeper Olsen caught up in those invading the Etihad Stadium playing surface.
Manchester City won the Premier League title in dramatic style as they scored three goals in ten second-half minutes after going 2-0 down to Aston Villa home at the Etihad Stadium.
Supporters ran onto the pitch when the full-time whistle went and the Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was targeted by a fan. It is an alarming trend that has been under the spotlight in recent weeks because of the highly emotional end-of-season games.
The Citizens summoned up the spirit of Sergio Aguero from 10 years ago as they battled back from falling two goals down to claim another domestic crown in a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Villa, with fans spilling onto the pitch at the end of an action-packed afternoon.
Manchester City vow to take action
Manchester City, as they toasted a fourth Premier League crown in the space of five years, were quick to condemn the actions of supporters and have promised to ban those involved from attending a game again.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “Manchester City would like to sincerely apologize to Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen, who was assaulted after the final whistle at today’s match when fans entered the pitch.
“The club has launched an immediate investigation and once identified, the individual responsible will be issued with an indefinite stadium ban.”
Steven Gerrard demands action from Manchester City
Steven Gerrard wants answers following more unsightly scenes at the end of an emotion-filled afternoon in the English top-flight.
Villa boss Gerrard told reporters afterward when asked if his players had made it safely off the field: “No is the answer to that. My goalkeeper was attacked and I think those questions should go to Pep and Manchester City. We’ll go and check if he’s OK now.”