Frank Lampard led Everton won Crystal Palace 3-2 at Goodison Park. After the match, Patrick Vieira got into a fight with an Everton fan on the field. Visuals showed that the French coach kicked the fan who was making fun of him.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s winner kept Everton in the Premier League. Immediately after the game, the fans invaded the pitch and made things too difficult for security operatives to handle.
Vieira was not with a staff member or security guard as he walked across the field to the away dressing room, which is in the car park end of the pitch. When he got there, he was met by a fan who seemed to make a gesture in the Frenchman’s face.
Vieira grabbed the man and then kicked him before other fans came to his aid and push him away.
The Football Association is likely to look into what happened, as well as what happened in the 85th minute of the game after Calvert-Lewin scored the winner.
Palace’s manager didn’t say anything about the incident, which was brought up at his press conference after the game. But Frank Lampard, Everton’s coach, offered his support.
“I feel bad for Patrick because I didn’t get him in the end”, Lampard said. “I would have told him to come in with us, but he may not have wanted that.
“Of course he ran across the field, which is 80 yards and not easy.”
Frank Lampard defends Everton fans
On the pitch invasion, Lampard said: “It was pure joy from the fans who came on the field after we avoided relegation.
“Let them stay on the field and have their moment if it’s done the right way. No problem as long as they behave.”
When asked about what happened, Dion Dublin, who used to play for Aston Villa and was now a commentator for Sky Sports, said, “We don’t want to see it at all.
“We know how happy Everton fans are, but you can’t push managers, push players, and yell at players right in front of them.”