Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira will not face police action following his altercation with an Everton fan during a pitch invasion at the end of his team’s 3-2 Premier League defeat.
At full-time, Everton supporters swarmed the pitch with one fan goading Vieira as he tried to return to the dressing room. The Frenchman eventually aimed a kick at the male, with the incident being caught on video and then circulated on social media.
Vieira had initially tried to ignore the provocation before he responded by kicking out the supporter who was also recording the incident.
While Vieira refused to comment on the incident in his post-match news conference, Merseyside Police announced an investigation, though they have now confirmed they will be taking no action, suggesting that neither the former Arsenal nor France midfielder nor the fan in question chose to make a formal complaint.
The Football Association, however, is continuing to look at the incident as part of a wider investigation into the pitch invasion.
The storming of the football by fans has caused a substantial problem at the conclude of the time, with Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp head-butted by a Nottingham Forest admirer soon after their Championship engage in-off semi-final, whilst Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was assaulted as Manchester City supporters celebrated winning the Premier League.