Vieira faces inquiry after altercation with pitch invader

Vieira faces disciplinary action after loss to Everton

Following Crystal Palace’s 3-2 Premier League defeat against Everton on Thursday, manager Patrick Vieira was involved in a confrontation with a fan and could face a Football Association inquiry.

After his side had let a two-goal lead slip, Vieira was headed towards the away dressing room amid a swarm of Everton fans who had flooded the pitch as the Toffees sealed their Premier League survival with the win.

After a fan attempted to instigate Vieira with hand gestures, the former France international kicked him to the ground and had to be taken away by other fans.

“I’ve got nothing to say on that,” Vieira told reporters after the incident.

The pitch invasion was the second of the match, the first coming after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 85th-minute winner.

“We don’t want to see it at all,” former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin said on Sky Sports. “We know how overjoyed the Everton fans are but you can’t be doing that – pushing managers, pushing players, shouting at players in their face.

“We know it’s the minority, we know it’s only one or two who spoil it for everyone else but having fans on the pitch is not the way forward.

“We have to stop letting fans get on the pitch, it’s too dangerous.”

A Nottingham Forest supporter who head-butted Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp during a pitch invasion on Tuesday was jailed for 24 weeks and handed a 10-year football banning order.

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