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Pitch invasions need to be stopped to protect people like Patrick Vieira

There have been suggestions over the 48 hours since the incident happened that Patrick Vieira may be charged by the FA for the altercation he had with a goading, shouting, rambling, taunting, swearing, abusive Everton fan who ran through the chaos of the Goodison Park pitch on Thursday and chose to celebrate his side’s deliverance from relegation by baiting the Crystal Palace manager.

‘Suck on that, you muppet,’ the Everton fan yelled at Vieira, as he danced unsteadily around him in the post-match mayhem, flicking the V-sign in his face. Then he shouted: ‘Whaaaaaay, f*** off.