ASTON VILLA’s Matty Cash and Lucas Digne, who left Everton this month, were both floored after being struck in the head by objects thrown by Blues supporters.
The Villans travelled to Goodison park for the Premier League’s lunchtime kick off earlier today looking to extend their fine run of form under Steven Gerrard.
Matty Cash and Lucas Digne were both struck by objects thrown by Everton fans at Goodison[/caption]
Matty Cash was the first to be hit on the head as he celebrated Villa’s opener[/caption]
Digne, who recently left Everton for Villa, then went down clutching his head[/caption]
Police and Everton’s security are searching to identify the perpetrators of the attack[/caption]
And after a lacklustre first half, they did take the lead against the Blues courtesy of a corner in the dying seconds before the break.
A cross was whipped into the box and Emiliano Buendia rose highest to flick the ball over Jordan Pickford and into the far corner.
However, the celebrations were soon cut-short in disgusting scenes on Merseyside.
A bottle appeared to be thrown from the home section of supporters while the defender was congratulating his colleagues that struck him on the head.
The Poland international instantly fell to the floor as a small cheer was heard from the crowd but fortunately for the full-back he was soon able to get back up and play on.
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Digne left Goodison less than a fortnight ago after falling out with the now axed Rafa Benitez to join Gerrard at Villa was the man who provided the assist for Buendia.
Former Everton forward James McFadden told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s disgusting to see things being thrown from the crowd, it’s a disgrace. It should never happen.
“There is no way a player should be hit by a bottle or objects thrown from the crowd.”
Ex-England ace Jermaine Jenas told BT Sport: “We need to stamp it out now. We need punishments.”
Police and Everton security staff are now searching to identify the perpetrators of the attack and they promised to hand out strongest penalty to the guilty parties.
Everton’s PA then announced that anyone found throwing objects onto the pitch will be arrested and banned by the club.
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The club and cops have vowed to hit the guilty parties with the strongest possible penalty[/caption]
The incident occurred as Villa celebrated Emiliano Buendia’s opener[/caption]