Crystal Palace manager Patrick Viera slapped an Everton fan who mocked him following the invasion of the pitch following Liverpool’s Premier League victory on Thursday evening.
Erseyside Police and the Football Association are investigating an incident at Everton on Thursday night in which Patrick Vieira appeared to take aim at a man who was taunting him.
Television footage showed Vieira, 45, being taunted by an Everton fan as fans ran onto the pitch full time to celebrate the home side’s Premier League survival.
Merseyside Police said they were investigating the incident: “We are working with Everton to gather all available CCTV footage and are talking to witnesses. No formal complaint has been received and investigations are ongoing”.
The Football Association is investigating both Everton for the pitch invasion and Vieira for the fan altercation.
Patrick Vieira has been filmed in an altercation with an Everton fan on the pitch at Goodison Park during tonight’s pitch invasion. pic.twitter.com/MOliWvsSHJ
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It is understood the club are likely to fight any attempt by the FA to discipline their manager for his actions.
The former glory of Arsenal refused to speak on the subject during the post-match press conference. The fans had invaded the lawn of Goodison Park to celebrate their stay among the elite of English football, at the final whistle of the match won 3-2 by their team, yet trailing 2-0 at the break.
Crystal Palace were also abused in a first pitch invasion which followed Everton’s third goal, minutes before the biggest pitch invasion at the end of the game.
Earlier in the match, a fan also appeared to try to hit Palace defender Joachim Andersen as he tried to win the ball back for a throw-in.
Everton fans entered the pitch after Calvert-Lewin’s 85th-minute goal put them ahead, causing the game to be momentarily delayed. Many more fans then flooded the pitch after full time.