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Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe warned that the invasion of the field could lead to a “potential tragedy” as British police launched an investigation into a “quarrel” involving the manager of “Crystal Palace” Patrick Vieira and an Everton fan.
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The footage shows Vieira beating a fan who apparently mocked the former Arsenal and France midfielder after Everton secured Premier League status with a dramatic 3-2 victory on Thursday.
The manager of the “Palace”, which was surrounded by solemn Everton fans celebrating survival, declined to comment on the incident after the game.
Merseyside police said in a brief statement Friday that they have launched an investigation into the events at Goodison Park.
“We are working with Everton FC to collect all available CCTV footage and talk to witnesses,” police said.
The invasion on Thursday came on the same day as Nottingham Forest fan was jailed for hitting header at Sheffield United captain Billy Sharpe after the semi-final of the championship play-off on Tuesday, the second match.
There were also riots in Port Vale on Thursday, and manager Swindon Ben Garner said his players were “physically and verbally abused” after losing in the semi-finals of the Second League playoffs.
Newcastle boss Howe, whose side faces the threat of relegation from Burnley on the last day of the Premier League season on Sunday, said: “We need to act very quickly because we want to prevent a potential tragedy.
“I thought the scenes at Nottingham Forest were shocking as well as at Everton. I think we’re in dangerous territory where the game could have terrible consequences, and I don’t think anyone wants to see that. “
The national head of the football police called the increase in invasions on the field “alarming”.
“The field is a place for players to work, and like everyone else, they need to feel safe,” said Chief Constable Mark Roberts.
“I know emotions run high when clubs get promoted or avoid relegation, but having a lot of fans rushing to the field at the end of the game is a security risk for everyone.”
The English Football Association said the rise in anti-social behavior was “completely unacceptable” and called on clubs to do more to control their fans.
“It is illegal to enter the stadium of any stadium, and these actions put at great risk players, fans and people who lead the game,” the FA said in a statement.
“It just can’t go on and we can confirm that we are investigating all cases.
“Clubs play a vital role in tackling this problem, and they must prevent invasion of the field as well as take their own action against those who break the rules and the law.”
Liverpool could win the championship with fans at the stadium for the first time since 1990 this weekend, when Manchester City give way at home to Aston Villa.
The Reds ended their 30-year drought in 2020 behind closed doors due to restrictions on the coronavirus.
But Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged fans to control themselves against the Wolves at Anfield, even if they win the title.
“It’s very uncomfortable for the other team’s players, and it shouldn’t be dangerous for them,” said Klopp. “We can celebrate things without threatening ourselves or our opponent.”
The Premier League has said it has re-released recommendations for clubs regarding invading the field ahead of Sunday’s final round of matches amid warnings that fans who come on the field at any time risk being judged and banned from the stadium.
“We will continue to discuss and address the current problem of the behavior of fans from the FA, EFL (English Football League) and other football partners before the start of next season to ensure that matches are safe for all,” said a spokesman for the Premier League. .
Acrington First League club chairman Stanley Andy Holt warned that fans could bear the price for the riots at higher ticket prices to pay for increased security.
“Stand up and you are full of clowns who cause problems,” Holt wrote on Twitter.
He added: “You will ruin the day for many by increasing the cost of club security and, as a result, ticket prices for everyone.”