Two football fans have been charged Manchester City’s Premier League win over Aston Villa on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium.
Thousands of City fans flocked to the pitch after Pep Guardiola’s side came from behind to beat Villa 3-2 to secure their fourth Premier League title in five seasons.
Fans breached the gate at one end of the pitch while blue torches were also lit during the celebrations.
Villa manager Steven Gerrard also revealed his goalkeeper Robin Olsen was attacked by a City supporter as he walked off the pitch during the invasion.
A statement from Greater Manchester Police confirmed on Monday morning: “Phillip Maxwell, of Anzio Row, Knowsley, has been charged with throwing a (pyrotechnic) rocket onto the pitch and will appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court today.
“Paul Colbridge, of Whitegate Drive, Salford, has been charged with walking onto the pitch and will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on June 7, 2022.”
Police also said the investigation into the reported attack on Villa goalkeeper Olsen is still ongoing.
When asked if his players left the pitch safely after the game, Gerrard said: “No. My goalkeeper was attacked, I think you should ask Pep and Man City these questions.
“We’ll see how he’s doing now.”
A statement from Man City on the incident said: “Manchester City would like to offer their sincere apologies to Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen who was attacked after the final whistle of today’s game as the fans took the field.
“The club have launched an immediate investigation and once the person is identified the person responsible will be given an indefinite stadium ban.”
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