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Lucas Digne and Matty Cash were both struck by bottles thrown by Everton fans during Aston Villa's goal celebrations this afternoon.
Digne, who recently left Everton after falling out of favour under Rafa Benitez, made his return to Goodison Park as a Villa player following a £25 million move.
He was initially given a fairly good reception but that soon changed when Villa went 1-0 up on the stroke of half-time.
An absolutely brilliant header from Emi Buendía gives Aston Villa the lead going into the break! 💥— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 22, 2022
Former Everton man Lucas Digne provides the assist 🅰️ pic.twitter.com/Sbq9F0Nvt6
Digne got the assist when he whipped in a glorious ball from a corner that was flicked on into the top corner by Emi Buendia.
The former Norwich man celebrated in front of Everton fans and that angered many of the Toffees faithful, who responded by hurling objects.
Bottle from crowd hits Cash & Digne.— Rodger Armstrong (@rodgerarmstrong) January 22, 2022
Utterly Disgraceful pic.twitter.com/FXOlGYgHi8
Cash and Digne both fell to the floor and clutched their faces after being hit by the missiles in scenes that have become all too familiar in recent times.
Fans condemned the behaviour of some of the Everton supporters:
So Everton fans blamed Rafa for forcing Digne out the club, now they're booing and throwing bottles at him— Mark Fortune (@4tune12345) January 22, 2022
Scum club, scum fans. #EVEAST
Digne spoke with nothing but love and praise for the fans when he left Everton, how he was sad it had come to it and wished them the best. Some scumbag repays that by assaulting players with bottles 🥴— Jodie (@jodii_ox) January 22, 2022
Digne assist, little arms failing again and bottles being lashed from the crowd. Just another day of Everton Football Club.— sam. (@SamAIex) January 22, 2022
Throwing bottles at Digne is disgraceful, just absolutely no need, he’s left get over it— Mark COYB (@Marco_willo5) January 22, 2022
Only Everton would wish Digne farewell, reposting all things on social media say their goodbyes, be wounded he left then boo him every time he gets the ball then launch bottles and coins at him hahahahaha the people’s club 😂😂😂— Liam Stewart (@Liam_Stewart10) January 22, 2022
Absolute disgrace from the Everton fan(s) throwing juice bottles onto the pitch as Aston Villa celebrate !!— Captain Bohang (BG) Sedibe 🇿🇼👉🇿🇦👴 (@haploz99) January 22, 2022
Digne actually hit on the head.
Everton fans throwing full Lucozade bottles at Digne for celebrating the goal, must be bad knowing Gerrard owns your club and takes your best player— Jürgen (@Jurgegenpress) January 22, 2022
The fans who threw bottles at Cash and Digne are disgraceful— AL10 (@KopEndAL) January 22, 2022
In an update on the matter, commentator Jon Champion revealed Everton's security are seeking the perpetrator who threw the bottles onto the pitch - while there was a message over the Goodison Park tannoy.
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