Crystal Palace’s Patrick Vieira chases the Everton supporter who provoked the coach

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Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira appeared to take out his frustration on a cheering fan after losing to Everton 3-2 Thursday in the English Premier League match.

Everton fans took to the field after the club returned from a 2-0 lead. Everton’s win over Crystal Palace secured their place in the Premier League to avoid relegation before Sunday.

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The Everton fan celebrates the win against Christal Palace during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England on Thursday 19 May 2022.

The Everton fan celebrates the win against Christal Palace during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England on Thursday 19 May 2022.
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The fan on the pitch seemed to have a phone in his hand and mocked Vieira as the coach left. Vieira reacted by grabbing the fan and kicking him. Footage of the incident went viral on social media after the manager’s press conference.

Everton manager Frank Lampard commented on the incident.

“I feel for Patrick,” he said. “I didn’t get it in the end. I would have said, ‘Come with us.’ Although he may not have wanted it. Sure, he ran 80 yards on the pitch and it’s not easy. “

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Crystal Palace head coach Patrick Vieira, left, and Everton head coach Frank Lampard during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England on Thursday 19 May 2022.
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Lampard defended the jubilation from the fans.

“It was pure euphoria for the fans who took to the pitch after avoiding relegation,” he said. “If it’s done right, let them stay on the pitch, have their time. As long as they behave well, no problem.”

Dominic Calvert-Lewis scored the go-ahead goal in the 85th minute.

“It was incredibly special,” Calvert-Lewin told Sky Sports. “The amount of pressure we were under, scoring two goals less and then making it 2-2, I felt there was another chance. I just had to make sure I was in the right area. It was an incredible experience.

Everton fans celebrate the win against Christal Palace during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England on Thursday 19 May 2022.

Everton fans celebrate the win against Christal Palace during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England on Thursday 19 May 2022.
(Photo AP / Jon Super)

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“That’s why we love the game. That’s why the fans love the game. You don’t want to be in the position we were in, but then it produces moments like this. You can go from low to high so fast. It’s the greatest. weight in the world that has been lifted “.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.