No police charges for Palace boss Vieira after altercation with fan

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Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira will not face police charges following an altercation with a fan at Goodison Park after Merseyside Police said on Monday that no formal complaint was filed.

Everton fans invaded the pitch following Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 85th-minute winner and at the final whistle of their 3-2 victory over Palace which secured their Premier League survival.

Vieira was confronted by a fan as he was walking towards the away dressing room after the final whistle. The fan appeared to provoke Vieira, who then kicked him to the ground and had to be led away by other supporters.

“We worked with Everton FC to gather all available CCTV footage and spoke to witnesses,” Merseyside Police said in a statement.

“Officers have spoken to both men involved and the opportunity to make a formal complaint or support a prosecution was declined.”

Following Palace’s 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday, Vieira said football players, coaches and staff need to be safe at stadiums. “I think the Everton incident is bigger than just that incident,” Vieira told reporters. “When you look at it in the Premier League, there were a lot of field invasions that can cause trouble”, he insisted.

via Reuters

Image via Patrick Viera Twitter page

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