Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has issued an apology to Aston Villa and Robin Olsen following the pitch invasion which saw Villa’s goalkeeper ‘assaulted.’
After completing a remarkable five minute turnaround to win yet another Premier League trophy, City fans poured onto to the field of play at the full-time whistle to celebrate.
But as we’ve seen so often these past couple of weeks, that ecstasy soon turned to agony as a member of the opposition - in this case, Olsen - was the victim of idiocy.
Footage showed the Swedish international being clipped around the head multiple times as he tried to make his way off the pitch but luckily he escaped for the most part unscathed.
City issued a statement soon after the game confirming that an immediate investigation had been launched and all those responsible will be hit with indefinite stadium bans.
And the Citizens boss, Guardiola, echoed that sentiment but wanted to apologise himself first-hand in his post match presser.
“I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry,” he said.
“I said yesterday in the press conference what happened in the game at Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United and Port Vale - Everton their last game.
“I’m so sorry on behalf of the club for Olsen and Aston Villa.
“The emotions of people there, it’s always difficult to understand why people react in that way. How they can not celebrate themselves and be happy and they do this kind of thing.
“Hopefully we can discover the person(s) and they can be punished how they deserve.”
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