December 4, 2022

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Two fans charged by police after pitch invasion at Etihad stadium

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Two people have been charged by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) following a pitch invasion after Manchester City’s Premier League title-clinching win against Aston Villa.

City recovered from two goals down at the Etihad Stadium to beat Villa 3-2 in dramatic circumstances on Sunday and clinch their fourth league crown in five seasons.

Thousands of supporters charged onto the pitch to celebrate City’s latest triumph, but reports of violence marred the celebrations.

City apologised and launched an investigation after Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was allegedly attacked.

In a statement released on Monday, GMP confirmed they have charged two people for separate offences, while enquiries are ongoing into the alleged attack on Olsen.

Phillip Maxwell, of Anzio Row, Knowsley, has been charged with throwing a missile onto the pitch, and will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Paul Colbridge, of Whitegate Drive, Salford, has been charged with going onto the pitch, and will appear at the same court on June 7.

City have vowed to hand a lifetime ban to any supporters found guilty of attacking Olsen.

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