MANCHESTER, England ( Associated Press) — Manchester City has apologized for what it described as an assault on Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen when local fans stormed the pitch to celebrate winning the Premier League title on Sunday.
At the final whistle after the 3-2 win over Villa, Olsen was attempting to leave as thousands of fans poured onto the pitch at the Etihad Stadium.
Footage from Britain’s Sky Sports channel showed Olsen covering his head as he was escorted off the pitch by a steward amid a swarm of fans.
The Swedish goalkeeper reportedly got into a verbal confrontation with a fan and was later hit by another fan with an arm. Olsen ducked his head and eventually walked off the field with the assistance of a second guard.
Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard did not report on the goalkeeper’s physical condition during the post-match press conference on the final round of the season.
City said it has decided to open an investigation and will indefinitely ban the responsible fan from attending the stadium.
“Manchester City would like to sincerely apologize to Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen who was assaulted after the final whistle in today’s match which saw fans enter the pitch,” the club said in a statement.
On Friday, the English Football Association expressed concern over a series of pitch invasions that have marred the end of the season.
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira got into an altercation with a fan during Friday’s visit to Everton. Vieira threw out a kick after he was the target of a taunt.