Entering the final day of the Premier League season with just a one point lead over Liverpool, Manchester City needed a victory over Aston Villa in order to remain atop the standings and secure their second straight title — and their fourth in five years.
Things weren’t looking good for a while, as Villa went two goals ahead following a 69th minute goal from Philippe Coutinho. But a goal from Rodri sandwiched between two from super substitute Ilkay Gündogan within a six minute span capped the monster 3-2 comeback for Man City, who won their eighth league title with 93 points, compared to Liverpool’s 92.
Winning a championship is exciting enough, but the way in which they did it only added to the excitement of the Man City fans in attendance. Unfortunately, the emotions seemed to be too much for a few bad apples, as footage later showed several City fans storming the pitch and assaulting Aston Villa keeper Robin Olsen while celebrating their team’s victory.
In the footage, you can clearly see several fans taking shots at Olsen and the security crew who was helping to usher him off the pitch. Thankfully, the goalkeeper was able to avoid injury, as Aston Villa released a statement saying Olsen had received a couple knocks, but he was fine and the team considered the matter closed.
Not so fast, Villa.
Manchester City have also come out and released a statement of their own, condemning the actions of their fans while apologizing to Olsen. They also announced that they are investigating the matter and plan to ban all of the identified attackers indefinitely.
Man City wasn’t the only ones who were disturbed by the scene on the pitch following the final whistle at Etihad Stadium. Fans on Twitter were quick to call out the club and their fans for this inexcusable behavior.
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