Police investigating Patrick Vieira incident after Crystal Palace boss kicked Everton fan in pitch invasion altercation

POLICE are investigating after Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira KICKED an Everton fan at Goodison Park.

Merseyside cops say the incident is "ongoing" but that no formal complaint has been received after the Eagles manager was involved in an altercation following last night's 3-2 defeat to the Toffees.

Everton fans flooded the field as they celebrated retaining their top flight status following a stunning comeback from 2-0 down.

But things soon turned ugly as Vieira was confronted while trying to exit the pitch.

As he tried to leave, Vieira could be seen clashing with a fan.

The supporter held his middle finger right in Vieira's face as he filmed the Arsenal legend with his other hand.


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The actual video from the phone later circulated on social media, and the man was heard screaming at Vieira: "Suck on that you muppet! Get in! F*** off!"

At that point Vieira turned, before allegedly grabbing the man's arm and kicking him to the floor.

Another pitch invader then came along before shoving Vieira, who then appeared to square up to him.

However, before it could go any further, other supporters separated them and Vieira walked away.

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A statement from Merseyside Police said: "We are working with Everton FC to gather all available CCTV footage and are speaking to witnesses.

"No formal complaint has been received and enquiries into the incident are ongoing."

Meanwhile, the FA have launched an investigation into the incident.

And when asked about it, Vieira later said: "I do not have anything to say about that”.

In a Sun poll, a whopping 85 per cent of football fans backed Vieira over the incident.

Everton boss Frank Lampard added: "I feel for Patrick and I didn't get him (to shake hands) at the end because of the reaction.

"He ran across the pitch 80 yards in front of our fans but there's no issue.

"Just pure elation from our fans at staying in the league."

Neither Everton nor Palace have yet put out any official statement.

But fans across the country, including Sun columnist Piers Morgan, have leapt to Vieira's defence.

Morgan wrote: "The moron deserved it. Why should players/managers put up with this vile abuse?"

A second commented: "I love Patrick Vieira even more that he doesn’t stand like Nigel at the bus stop when provoked by fans on the pitch.

"Our club needs to stand 100 per cent behind him & fight all criticism & any charges."

While another added: "Just seen the Vieira incident. 100pc on his side. Why should football managers and players have to take that kind of harassment and abuse as they leave the pitch?"

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A third wrote: "Don’t blame Vieira at all why do fans think they can do s*** like that?"

And a fourth concluded: "If Patrick Vieira gets any sort of fine or suspension for that then it's a disgrace."

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