Manchester City fined $293,000 for last day’s pitch invasion

Fans flocked to the pitch after City dramatically fought their way back to beat Aston Villa.© AFP

Manchester City have been fined £260,000 ($293,000) and cautioned for invading the pitch after winning the Premier League title in May. Fans flocked to the pitch after City fought back dramatically from a 2-0 deficit against Aston Villa to win 3-2 and lead Liverpool to the title by a point. Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was tackled during the mess while the crossbar collapsed at one end under the weight of the fans.

City admitted to an indictment by the Football Association that they “failed to ensure that spectators … behaved properly and refrained from threatening and violent behavior as they entered the pitch after the final whistle”.

The final weeks of the 2021/22 season have been overshadowed by a series of pitch invasions at Premier League and English Football League grounds.

Last month Everton were fined £300,000 when fans came onto the pitch at the end of their game against Crystal Palace as the Toffees secured their Premier League status.

Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp was headbutted by a supporter invading the pitch during his side’s defeat in the play-off semi-finals at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.

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Data released last month by Britain’s Home Office showed there were 441 pitch incursions at games in England and Wales last season, a 127 per cent increase compared to 2018-19, the last full season not to be played by affected by Covid-19 restrictions.

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