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Manchester City Fan Claims Pitch Invasion 'Ruined His Day'

Ryan Sidle

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Manchester City Fan Claims Pitch Invasion 'Ruined His Day'

One Manchester City fan was so annoyed that his fellow supporters decided to run onto the Etihad pitch on Sunday that he went home and missed the Premier League trophy presentation.

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It was a tense afternoon at the Etihad Stadium, as City tried their best to throw away a league title that had previously looked pretty assured.

Goals from Matty Cash and Philippe Coutinho put the defending champions two goals down against Aston Villa and gave Liverpool the opportunity to steal the trophy from under City's noses.

However, Pep Guardiola's side turned things around and the pressure was released in Manchester at full time, with fans flooding onto the pitch to celebrate a fourth title in five years.

One fan rang into talkSPORT to let his feelings about the pitch invasion be known, saying that it ruined his day.

"As soon as the final whistle went it was mayhem," Alan the City fan called in to tell Jim White, during the presenter's conversation with Simon Jordan about how bad pitch invasions are.

"And the massive invasion that you saw on the television, the stewards may as well have been traffic cones, they’re all pointless.

"I thought ‘no, no, this is nonsense. What a nonsense. It’s going to be an hour before they clear this pitch, all these people should be arrested in theory.’

"It just ruined the day for me, I went home, I didn’t see the presentation."

White then did a very good impression of someone concerned for Alan have "the big day" ruined, before the caller added, "I was just hoping they would behave, not go on the pitch, and let the presentation take place shortly, you know.

"I just thought “oh no, I can’t bear to watch all these morons just running about stupidly.’

"Just words fail me, they do, they fail me."

City fans embrace on the pitch. Image: PA Images
City fans embrace on the pitch. Image: PA Images

There's definitely some truth behind the problems, with pitch invasions at the centre of the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the past 10 days.

Swindon Town players, Billy Sharp, Patrick Vieira had all been attacked during recent invasions, and Villa keeper Robin Olsen joined them on Sunday.

Far be it for me to dictate how Alan should be feeling about the whole thing, but letting it ruin your entire day after your team has won the league seems a bit too far.

His criticism of stewards seems particularly harsh, what are people with little training and not that well paid expected to do with tens of thousands of people trying to get past them. You let them go or you could be in all sorts of trouble.

What did you make of City's pitch invasion? Let us know in the Facebook comments.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Premier League, Manchester City

Ryan Sidle
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