Manchester City have apologized to Robin Olsen after Steven Gerrard claimed the Aston Villa goalkeeper was “attacked” during a pitch invasion at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Olsen appeared to be holding his head as he walked out of the crowd after City fans entered the pitch following their 3-2 win over Villa to clinch the Premier League title.
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Gerrard told his press conference after the final whistle that the 32-year-old had been ‘attacked’ although sources have told ESPN Villa will go no further.
“My goalkeeper was attacked. So I think these questions should be directed to Pep [Guardiola] and Manchester City… We’ll be watching him,” he said.
Olsen was assessed in the locker room by medical staff but suffered no significant injuries.
A statement from City on Sunday said: “Manchester City would like to sincerely apologize to Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen who was assaulted after the final whistle in today’s game when supporters entered the field.
“The club have launched an immediate investigation and once identified, the individual responsible will be issued an indefinite stadium ban.”
Guardiola, who had warned fans to behave well during the week, apologized to Olsen and said he hoped the person would be punished.
“I’m really sorry. I said on Friday, the games involving Nottingham Forest, Port Vale, Everton; I’m really sorry on behalf of the club,” Guardiola added.
“Emotions, it’s hard to understand why people react that way. I hope we can find out who it was and he will be punished. I don’t know how to stop him, you can’t put [on] 1,000 guards.”
Olsen was a surprise selection against City after usual first choice Emi Martinez missed out through injury.
The Swedish international, loaned in January, had not played a club game since appearing for Sheffield United against Blackburn in the Championship in November.