Patrick Vieira, ex-world champion and coach of Crystal Palace, causes a scandal. After his clubs lost 3-2, Everton fans rushed onto the pitch with joy, and the 45-year-old lost his nerve and attacked a supporter of the hosts.
According to media reports, former soccer world champion Patrick Vieira was involved in an altercation with a fan after a storm in the English Premier League. After his club Crystal Palace lost 3-2 at Everton FC on Thursday evening, the coach walked the field.
A video clip published by Sky Sport News on Twitter shows the Frenchman again being harassed by a suspected Everton supporter and filmed with his cell phone. After a short while, Vieira grabbed the young man and then kicked him before other fans pushed him off.
“I have nothing to say about that,” said the 45-year-old at the press conference after the game. Everton manager Frank Lampard showed understanding for Vieira. “I feel for Patrick,” said the former England international.
With the 3-2 win, Everton secured their place in the Premier League with one game to go before the end of the season. After the final whistle of the game, in which the hosts were already 2-0 down, the supporters stormed the pitch.
“It was the sheer excitement of the fans who came onto the pitch after we avoided relegation. When done right, let them stay put, let them have their moment. As long as they behave, no problem,” Lampard said.
A few hours earlier, a Nottingham Forest fan had been sentenced to 24 weeks in prison for assault. The 30-year-old headbutted United captain Billy Sharp on Tuesday night after Forest’s win over Sheffield United in the semi-final second leg of the English Championship as thousands of fans stormed the pitch, knocking him to the ground with full force. Sharp then required medical treatment.