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Thousands of Manchester City fans are the latest to invade the pitch as they wildly celebrate their Premier League title triumph at the Etihad… before they are told to get off so Pep Guardiola’s players can lift the trophy aloft
Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the Premier League title following a dramatic late comeback to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium.
City’s title triumph reduced manager Pep Guardiola to tears as he secured his fourth title in five years prompting a pitch invasion, to the dismay of the Spaniard.
Guardiola asked fans to leave the pitch to ensure his players could enjoy the celebrations safely and for staff at the Etihad to set up the trophy lifting display.
Pep Guardiola could not hide his delight at full time as Manchester City retained the title
Guardiola’s side were far from their best and on a tense afternoon and trailed 2-0 with 20-minutes left thanks to goals from Matty Cash and Philippe Coutinho.
But a sensational five-minute rally saw City take control and complete an incredible turnaround.
Ilkay Gundogan – on his final appearance for City – scored twice and Rodri added another to send the Etihad into raptures.
Thousands of City fans invaded the pitch with banners and flares at the final whistle to celebrate of their title defence after a hard-fought battle with Liverpool who were 3-1 winners over Wolves.
One of the crossbars were broken in the melee and City stars Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne had to be escorted off the pitch as a cluster of fans approached.
City’s Kevin De Bruyne had to be escorted off the pitch after the final whistle
It is the latest in a long line of pitch invasions that have have shrouded English football in recent weeks.
Everton fans invaded the turf at Goodison Park on Thursday night with Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira goaded leading to him lashing out at a fan.
Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp was attacked following his side’s penalty shootout defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Championship play-off semi-final.
Sharp was headbutted and required stitches for a headwound leading to the arrest of a 30-year-old man, who was later jailed for 24 weeks.
The on-field assault on Sharp brought back vivid memories of an attack on Jack Grealish -then of Aston Villa- in a game at bitter rival Birmingham City.
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira lashed out at a fan at Everton on Thursday night
Billy Sharp was left bloodied after a Nottingham Forest fan headbutted him last week
Grealish was knocked to the ground by a supporter who was subsequently jailed for 14 weeks and given a 10-year stadium ban.
The FA said it is “very concerned about the rise in anti-social behaviour from fans”.
In a statement on Friday, the FA called on clubs to “play a vital role” and prevent pitch invasions as well as “taking their own action”. The FA said it was “reviewing our regulations to help stamp this behaviour out and to ensure the safety of everyone inside a stadium”.
The FA added: “Football stadiums should always be a safe and enjoyable space for everyone, and these incidents are completely unacceptable and have no place in our game.
“It is illegal to enter the pitch area in any stadium and these actions are putting players, fans and people who run the game at great risk. This simply cannot continue and we can confirm that we are investigating all of the incidences.”