Manchester City have apologised 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 at 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 apologise 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.
This is coming after Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira was involved in an altercation after Everton fans invaded the pitch on Thursday.