Piers Morgan slams "little scumbag" who got in Patrick Vieira’s face before kick

Piers Morgan has slammed the "little scumbag" who Patrick Vieira kicked during the pitch invasion after Everton beat Crystal Palace.

Toffees fans stormed the pitch after they fought back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 to secure their Premier League survival in dramatic fashion at Goodison Park. Footage caught by Sky Sports News showed a supporter taunting Arsenal hero Vieira as he made his way across the pitch at full-time.

Incensed, the Frenchman turned around and grabbed the person before aiming a kick in his direction, with the abuser subsequently dropping to the ground. Vieira refused to comment on the incident afterwards, but TV presenter Morgan had his say on social media.

Morgan shared a video of the altercation and gave three thoughts. He started by saying: "The little scumbag obviously said something highly abusive to @OfficialVieira & got exactly what he deserved."

He then questioned the police and security presence on the pitch at Goodison Park, asking: "Where the hell were the police/security?" Before commenting on Vieira's hard man image from his days with Arsenal and writing: "You’d want Vieira with you in a fight."

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Everton boss Frank Lampard, a rival to Vieira during the pair's playing days, offered his old adversary some words of sympathy. He said: "I feel for Patrick. I didn't get him at the end. I would have said, 'come in with us' – although he might not have wanted that.

"Of course he ran 80 yards across the pitch and it's not easy." Commenting more widely on the pitch invasion, he added: "It was pure elation of fans who have come on the pitch after avoiding relegation.

"If it is done in the right way let them stay on the pitch, let them have their moment. As long as they behave, no problem."

It is the fourth time this week an English match has been marred by unsavoury scenes during a pitch invasion. On Tuesday, Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp was headbutted by a Nottingham Forest fan who subsequently received a 24-week jail sentence.

On Wednesday, a pitch invader barged into Jordan Bowery during the League Two play-off semi-final second leg between Mansfield Town and Northampton Town at Sixfields.

And on Thursday, as well as the invasion at Everton, the second League Two play-off semi-final between Port Vale and Swindon saw at least one player allegedly attacked on the field after the game.

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