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Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has stormed out of his post-match press conference after being asked a question about the alleged assault on goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
Gerrard's Villa threw away a 2-0 lead by conceding three goals in six minutes, which allowed Manchester City to clinch a last-gasp victory to help seal the Premier League title.
Villa's complete capitulation meant Liverpool ultimately miss out too as they stayed in second spot on the table.
After the referee blew the final whistle at the Etihad Stadium, City supporters ran onto the pitch to join the players in celebration, but things quickly turned sour when another ugly incident marred the moment.
As Villa shot stopper Olsen walked across the pitch, a number of City fans appeared to assault him.
When asked about it by the media after the game, Gerrard responded by abandoning his press conference.
"No, no the is the answer to that," he replied.
"My goalkeeper was attacked so I think those questions should go to Pep [Guardiola] and Manchester City."
🗣 “My goalkeeper was attacked so I think those questions should go to Pep Guardiola and Manchester City.”— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 22, 2022
The moment Robin Olsen was assaulted on the Etihad pitch. pic.twitter.com/t5m2iWzndW
Clearly fuming with what had unfolded on the pitch, Stevie-G then got up out of his chair and left the room.
As he was exiting, another reporter then asked how badly injured Olsen was, to which Gerrard replied: "We'll go and check that now."
It didn't take long for footage of the incident to emerge – and it makes for pretty awful viewing.
Pushed, shoved and knocked around, Olsen ended up covering his face during the ordeal to avoid any more damage.
Meanwhile, arena security did their best to shield him from the sea of fans swarming the pitch.
Following the incident, City reached out to Olsen in a statement, saying: "Manchester City would like to sincerely apologise to Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen, who was assaulted after the final whistle at today’s match when fans entered the pitch.
"The Club has launched an immediate investigation and once identified, the individual responsible will be issued with an indefinite stadium ban."
🗣️ "Idiots. Scumbags. Disgrace."— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 22, 2022
Neville, Keane and Redknapp share their disgust after Aston Villa goalkeeper was assaulted numerous times whilst leaving the pitch. pic.twitter.com/K2A59tHH1L
The Sky Sports pundits erupted during their analysis.
"What is it happening? The last 30 years we've brought the fences down in English football and 99 times out of 100, the fans have respected the fact that you don't run on the pitch because they enjoy the family environment," Gary Neville said.
"We've obviously got far more children coming to the games, far more women coming to the games, and all of a sudden in these last few weeks and months, we've got these idiots not just running on the pitch but attacking players. What the hell are you doing?
"Running on the pitch is obviously delirious because City have won the league, so I get that, but attacking opposition players on the pitch - where has this come from? Why is it happening? I've got no idea. It's absolutely ridiculous."
As for Roy Keane, it was he who perhaps summed it up best, simply saying: "Idiots, scumbags. It's a disgrace."
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