Two men charged after Manchester City match with Aston Villa

Two football fans have been charged after Manchester City’s Premier League game against Aston Villa yesterday (May 22, 2022) at the Etihad Stadium.

Phillip Maxwell (04/01/94), of Anzio Row, Knowsley, has been charged with throwing a rocket (pyrotechnic) onto the pitch and will appear before the Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on 23 May 2022.

Paul Colbridge (17/08/84), of Whitegate Drive, Salford, has been charged with entering the field and will appear before the Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on 7 June 2022.

Both have been released on bail pending court hearings.

The investigation into the reported attack of a player on the pitch after the final whistle is ongoing with officers working with both football clubs.

Steven Gerrard expressed anger after Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was allegedly attacked by Man City supporters after the whistle. Thousands of City fans took to the field after their 3-2 win was confirmed and their sixth Premier League title.

After full-time, Villa’s debut goalkeeper saw Olsen hold his head before going through the tunnel. When asked if Villa players have taken it off the pitch well, Gerrard replied: “No, there’s the answer to that. My goalkeeper was attacked and I think those questions should go to Pep and Manchester City. We’ll see if he is all right now.” †

Villa had been leading 2-0 thanks to goals from Matty Cash and Philippe Coutinho before imploding within five minutes of the second half, with Ilkay Gundogan scoring in the 76th and 81st minutes, either side of Rodri’s well-placed equalizing goal in 78 minutes.

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