As Vieira tried to leave the field, a supporter seemingly holding up a phone could be seen extending his arms toward the Frenchman’s face. Vieira then turns and tries to grab the phone before kicking him with his right foot. The fan fell to the ground.
Patrick Vieira kicking an Everton fan to the ground 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/p6fVvYnzTd— Breezy (@UtdBreezy) May 19, 2022
Viera giving an Everton fan a bit of a kicking… pic.twitter.com/GYVF40eeLu— EvertonAllan (@EvertonAllan6) May 19, 2022
Patrick Vieira has been filmed in an altercation with an Everton fan on the pitch at Goodison Park during tonight’s pitch invasion. pic.twitter.com/MOliWvsSHJ— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 19, 2022
Video footage of the mayhem then shows Vieira attempting to walk away. Reporters in the post-match news conference were not aware of the incident when Vieira appeared but Everton manager Frank Lampard did later comment.
“I feel for Patrick,” Lampard said. “I didn’t get him at the end. I would have said, ‘Come in with us,’ Although he might not have wanted that. Of course he ran 80 yards across the pitch and it’s not easy.”
On Tuesday, a Sheffield United player was assaulted by a fan who had joined others in pouring onto the field. He was sentenced Thursday to 24 weeks in prison.
Lampard defended Everton fans spilling onto the field.
“It was pure elation of fans who have come on the pitch after avoiding relegation,” he said. “If it is done in the right way let them stay on the pitch, let them have their moment. As long as they behave, no problem.”