Aston Villa: What Lucas Digne said after being struck by missile at Goodison Park
Lucas Digne took to social media to send a message to the Everton fans following Villa’s 1-0 win at Goodison Park
A 19-year old was arrested and charged by Merseyside Police on Saturday following an incident at Goodison Park where objects appeared to be thrown from the stands in the direction of Aston Villa players.
Roger Tweedle, of Cranehurst Road, Walton, has now been charged and released on conditional bail to appear at South Sefton Magistrates Court on 28 February.
Steven Gerrard’s side won 1-0 with Emi Buendia scoring the only goal of the match just before half time.
As the visiting players celebrated, objects appeared to be thrown onto the pitch in their direction with Matty Cash and former Everton defender Lucas Digne - who now plays for Villa - seemingly struck.
Match commander Chief Superintendent Paul White said after the game: “Behaviour such as this is not acceptable and clearly very dangerous and we will take all necessary action to find the person or people responsible and apprehend them.
“I would encourage anyone who has information about this incident to come forward and speak to us.”
How did Digne respond after the game?
The left-back, previously a fans’ favourite at Goodison Park, was sold to Aston Villa after playing for Everton earlier this month.
Following Villa’s 1-0 win on Saturday, the Frenchman took to social media to send a message to Everton’s fans.
Despite the throwing incident, Digne said that Everton is “still a loving place” for him.
Posting on Instagram, he wrote: “Amazing effort from the team.
“Important three points, it’s still loving place for me I wish all the best for the season @everton.”
“That’s all they’ve got” - Villa defender slams missile throwing fans
Aston Villa and England international defender Tyrone Mings spoke to BBC Match of the Day after the match where he labelled the supporters who appeared to throw the objects at his teammates as “disgusting”.
He said: “Disgusting really but it’s about all they’ve got isn’t it?
“They tried to make it ugly, tried to make it horrible and tried to make it an intimidating atmosphere for us to come into but we came here and got the three points so that will hopefully be dealt with by the people who need to deal with it.
“All we could do is get up and carry on.”
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