Christian Benteke: Crystal Palace ace had face grabbed by Everton fan during pitch invasion

Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke had his face grabbed by an Everton fan during a pitch invasion

Patrick Vieira lashed out at a fan after Crystal Palace’s Premier League match against Everton on Thursday evening.

Everton fans invaded the pitch on two separate occasions during the match.

Many made their way onto the pitch after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal in the 85th minute, which turned out to be the winner.

There was a larger pitch invasion when the final whistle sounded and Everton’s Premier League safety was secured.

A supporter ran up to Vieira and goaded him as he made his way to the dressing room. Vieira kicked out at the individual.

Christian Benteke was also targeted by a couple of Everton fans.

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Footage has emerged of two Everton fans goading Benteke after making their way onto the pitch.

One of the fans, who was recording the moment, screamed ‘Kopite’ at Benteke, a reference to the year he spent at Liverpool, while also putting their middle finger in his face.

Another one of the fans then puts his hands on Benteke’s face. Watch the moment below…

Full credit to Benteke for showing restraint and not reacting.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp spoke about the pitch invasion in his Friday press conference.

“It could have been dangerous. I’m not sure how you avoid that,” he said, per BBC.

“I don’t want to judge. I understand emotions but for the other team it’s dangerous. I really hope we learn from that. We should make sure absolutely nothing happens.

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“We can celebrate things without threatening ourselves and the opponent.”

While Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said: “It’s the aggression towards the opposition, it’s swarms of people around one or two people.

“That doesn’t sit well with me at all, that’s something [on which] we have to act very quickly because we want to avert potential tragedy.”

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