Trainer Patrick Vieira of the English football club Crystal Palace has kicked a supporter of the home club after the defeat at Everton (3-2). Hundreds of spectators at Goodison Park took to the field afterwards to celebrate their club’s persistence in the Premier League. As Vieira walked across the pitch towards the dressing room, he was verbally and with hand gestures provoked by a supporter.
The 45-year-old Vieira, who won the World Cup with France in 1998 and played for Arsenal, Internazionale and Manchester City, among others, seemed to ignore the boy at first. TV footage shows the Crystal Palace trainer eventually turning around, grabbing the boy and kicking him. Other ‘field stormers’ also got involved afterwards. Some gave Vieira a push.
“I have nothing to say about that,” the Frenchman replied a little later to questions about the incident on the field. The English Football Association FA may open an investigation.
Earlier in the week, Nottingham Forest supporters stormed the field after the win against Sheffield United in the play-offs for promotion to the Premier League. Sheffield captain Billy Sharp, who watched from the side due to an injury, was headbutted by a fan of the home team. This season ticket holder was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison on Thursday.