Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard left his after-match conference after he was questioned regarding the assault on goalkeeper Robin Olsen in the aftermath of the 3-2 loss against Manchester City.
Aston Villa threw away a good lead late on in the game to hand Manchester City the Premier League crown. But the aftermath of the match saw Manchester City fans storm into the pitch as their side was confirmed as the Premier League winners. But there were a few fans who threw punches and kicks toward the Aston Villa goalkeeper.
Steven Gerrard when asked about the attack in his after-match conference. Steven Gerrard said:
“No, no the is the answer to that,” “My goalkeeper was attacked. So I think those questions should go to Pep Guardiola and Manchester City.”
Since then Manchester City have put out a statement regarding the incident. It reads:
“Manchester City would like to sincerely apologise to Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen. The Club has launched an immediate investigation and once identified, the individual responsible will be issued with an indefinite stadium ban.”
“It’s absolutely ridiculous.”: Gary Neville on Manchester City fans running onto the pitch after games
Former England international and now football pundit Gary Neville was absolutely fuming at happenings at the Etihad stadium. He said:
“What is it happening? The last 30 years we’ve brought the fences down in English football and 99 times out of 100, the fans have respected the fact that you don’t run on the pitch because they enjoy the family environment,”
“We’ve obviously got far more children coming to the games, far more women coming to the games, and all of a sudden in these last few weeks and months, we’ve got these idiots not just running on the pitch but attacking players. What the hell are you doing?
“Running on the pitch is obviously delirious because City have won the league, so I get that. But attacking opposition players on the pitch. Moreover, where has this come from? Why is it happening? I’ve got no idea. Finally, it’s absolutely ridiculous.”
While Roy Keane reacted to the whole situation as:
“Idiots, scumbags. It’s a disgrace.”
“Those idiots who attacked me will not destroy my emotions of today’s game.” Robin Olsen on the incident
Talking about the incident with the Manchester City fans, Robin Olsen said:
“Those idiots who attacked me will not destroy my emotions of today’s game. I got the opportunity to make my debut for this fantastic club. And finally we were close to getting a good result against a tough opponent. UTV.”
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