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FA pass on Patrick Vieira punishment after Everton pitch invasion

Patrick Vieira Palace Everton May 2022

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira will not face any punishment from the Football Association following his altercation with a fan, according to the PA news agency.

Everton’s 3-2 victory at Goodison Park was marred by a fracas between Vieira and an Everton supporter. The Palace boss was taunted as he walked across the pitch after thousands of fans had invaded the pitch.

The majority were celebrating Everton’s Premier League survival, but one fan decided to goad Vieira face to face.

Vieira attempted to grab the fan and aimed a kick at him. But Merseyside Police revealed last week they had ended their investigation after no formal complaint was lodged. And the the FA are understood to be happy not to take any formal action against Vieira after reviewing the incident.

However, the PA report that England’s governing body is continuing to investigate the pitch invasion and remains in dialogue with Everton and the other relevant authorities.


Vieira addressed his altercation with a fan following Palace’s 1-0 win at home to Manchester United on Sunday. And the former Arsenal star called for a big review after a number of similar incidents in recent weeks.

Bigger issue at large, says Vieira

Patrick Vieira sending Conor Gallagher on for Crystal Palace

“I think the Everton incident is bigger than just that incident,” he said.

“When you look at it in the Premier League, there were a lot of field invasions that can cause trouble. There are real issues here to reflect on and try to see what is the best way to manage it and to deal with it.

“You don’t know what can happen. When you don’t know what can happen of course you fear for anything, for the players.

“We want to be safe and the best way to do that is we need to reflect on what is the best way for those kind of things not to happen on the field. As a coach, manager, player or staff we want to be safe in our workplace.

“I think there is a big issue on the FA and Premier League’s plate to deal with.

“They need the support and the club and the players to get involved. Everybody has to take responsibility and see what is the best way for those things not to happen.”