In a postgame press conference, Villa manager Steven Gerrard was asked by reporters if the club’s players had safely exited the pitch.
“No is the answer to that,” Gerrard replied.
“My goalkeeper was attacked. So I think those questions should go to (gerente) Pep (Guardiola) and Manchester City.”
According to Sky Sports News, Aston Villa said in a statement that Olsen was “completely fine” después del incidente, adding that he did take a hit to the back of the head.
The club said it is unsure if the incident happened on purpose and would not be making a complaint, Sky reported.
CNN has contacted Aston Villa and the English Football Association (FA) para comentarios.
Guardiola was asked about the incident after the match, diciendo: “I am so sorry … I am so sorry on behalf of the club for Olsen and Aston Villa.”
The City boss said he didn’t know the intentions behind the action, pero agregado: “It’s always difficult to understand why people react in that way, cómo (ellos) cannot celebrate themselves, be happy and not do these kind of things.
“I don’t know how (to stop it) … You cannot put 1,000 guards or police to control there. We are so sorry. It’s the bad news of today.”
Greater Manchester Police dijo el lunes that two men had been charged following the game and are set to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates
“Both have been bailed ahead of the court appearances,” said a police statement.
“Enquiries into the reported assault of a player on the pitch after the final whistle are ongoing with officers working in partnership with both football clubs.”
La semana pasada, the FA said it would work with English football clubs to address recent incidents of fans entering the pitch
, vowing to review its regulations to put a stop to unruly fan behavior
That was after hundreds of spectators invaded the pitch at Goodison Park in Liverpool after Everton avoided relegation from the Premier League with a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace.