PATRICK VIEIRA kicked an Everton supporter to the ground last night after the fan launched a foul-mouthed tirade towards him.
The Arsenal legend had just watched his Crystal Palace side surrender a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at a raucous Goodison Park.
Patrick Vieira appeared to kick out at a fan[/caption]
Everton’s win sealed Premier League survival with a game to spare, and prompted a mass pitch invasion upon the final whistle.
As Vieira walked towards the tunnel, he was goaded by a Toffees fan.
In video footage that has since emerged, the supporter can be heard swearing at the Frenchman.
He appears to say: “Suck on that you muppet, get in!
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The fan could also be seen putting his middle finger up at the Palace boss.
Vieira, 45, subsequently turned and grabbed the Everton fan, before appearing to kick him to the ground.
After the match, he said: “I have nothing to say about that.”
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On the incident, opposite number Frank Lampard said: “I feel for Patrick. I didn’t get him at the end. I would have said, ‘come in with us’ – although he might not have wanted that.
“Of course he ran 80 yards across the pitch and it’s not easy.”
The incident was just the latest in an ugly line of scenes involving pitch invasions this week.
Swindon ace Mandela Egbo blasted “scummy fans” as his face was scratched after his side lost their play-off semi-final against Port Vale.
Earlier this week, Billy Sharp was shockingly headbutted and left requiring stitches after Sheffield United’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Nottingham Forest.
A man has since been charged with assault following the incident.
During the same pitch invasion, Blades forward Oli McBurnie is accused of stamping on an opposition supporter.
Mandela Egbo was left with scratches on his nose[/caption]