Vieira downplays kicking incident

Ikenna Okafor

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira faces an FA investigation he was involved in a confrontation with a fan on the pitch after the 3-2 defeat at Everton in which he appears to aim a kick at the man taunting him.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s winner with five minutes to go which secured the Toffees’ top-flight status with one match remaining prompted a small pitch invasion and a brief interruption in play but at the final whistle thousands streamed on to the field.

Footage posted on social media shows Vieira, unaccompanied by staff or security, making his way across the pitch towards the away dressing room which is housed in the Park End car park as a result of Covid protocols, when he is confronted by a fan who appears to gesture in the Frenchman’s face.

Asked about the incident, Vieira said: ” I’ve nothing to say about that.”

It’s yet unknown if the FA investigation might affect him from being on the sidelines against Manchester United on Sunday.

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