Aston Villa Goalkeeper, Robin Olsen, Assaulted By Manchester City Fans
Robin Olsen, the Aston Villa goalkeeper was ‘assaulted’ whilst leaving the pitch after the Manchester City title win.
Man City say Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was assaulted as he made his way from the pitch after a 3-2 defeat; Ilkay Gundogan scored twice in the game to inspire City to come from two goals down midway through the second half to deny Liverpool the title and beat Aston Villa
Manchester City have therefore apologized after Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was ‘assaulted’ as he made his way from the pitch following Sunday’s game at the Etihad.
Villa later released a statement saying Olsen is “completely fine”, confirming he did take a bang on the back of the head, but indicating nobody was sure if the incident was deliberate or an accident. Villa said they consider the matter closed and will not be making a complaint.
Thousands of Man City fans ran onto the pitch at the Etihad Stadium full-time as Pep Guardiola’s side were crowned Premier League champions in dramatic circumstances.
Asked if players got off the pitch safely, Villa boss Steven Gerrard said: “No is the answer to that. My goalkeeper was attacked. So I think those questions should go to Pep and Manchester City.”
Asked about Olsen’s condition, Gerrard added: “We’re going to check on him.”
Manchester City released a statement reading: “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.”
The Football Association said they would be investigating the pitch invasion. Sky Sports News has contacted Greater Manchester Police for comment.
Supporters have run onto the field after a number of recent high-profile Premier League and EFL matches, with a Nottingham Forest fan jailed for 24 weeks after headbutting Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp.
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira was involved in an altercation after Everton fans invaded the pitch on Thursday and fans streamed onto the field on Sunday after City’s 3-2 comeback win against Aston Villa which secured the Premier League title.
City retained their Premier League in extraordinary circumstances after coming from two goals down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium.
Three goals in five minutes late in the game turned the match – and the title race – on its head as substitute Ilkay Gundogan scored two, either side of Rodri’s strike. Liverpool’s late win over Wolves meant that only victory would have been enough for City.