An Everton supporter was arrested for throwing a projectile onto the pitch which hit Aston Villa players Lucas Digne and Matty Cash who fell to the ground while celebrating Aston Villa’s winning goal in the Premier League clash between the two. teams on Saturday.
Emi Buendia scored a header from a Digne corner deep in first-half time-out at Goodison Park as Aston Villa took a 1-0 victory and Duncan Ferguson’s final caretaker term got off to a poor start against the Liverpool’s old foe Steven Gerrard on the opposite bench.
As visiting players ran to celebrate the game’s only goal before the half-time break, both former Toffees man Digne, who arrived at Villa this month after falling out of favor with Everton manager Rafa Benitez, and Cash They were apparently hit by a bottle thrown from the stands, forcing them to fall to the grass. Look the following video:
Everton announced after the match that a supporter had been arrested for throwing the object onto the pitch.
Police have arrested a fan at Goodison Park for launching a missile onto the pitch during today’s Premier League match against Aston Villa.
— Everton (@Everton) January 22, 2022
Everton lose to Aston Villa
With the game tied 0-0 going into first-half injury time, and with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford having made an excellent save just moments before, a late corner from Villa gave the visitors the chance to score before the break.
Digne, back for the first time to face his former club since his transfer on January 9, fired a ball from the right wing for Buendía to head in, before the latter led his teammates towards the Frenchman to celebrate it. the flag.
In the midst of these scenes, an apparent local supporter threw a bottle from the crowd, striking both Digne and Cash in the middle of the group meeting, with both players falling to the ground immediately afterward.
The return of Digne’s Goodison Park
The incident capped a lively return to Goodison Park for Digne, who has arguably been the biggest casualty of Benítez’s unfortunate spell on the blue half of Merseyside.
The former Liverpool boss never really lived up to his vast experience as one of Europe’s most decorated managers, and his appointment is likely to come down as a historically poor choice, even without his legendary status going forward in rival territory Anfield.
But his choice to effectively freeze France’s Digne, forcing a transfer to Villa shortly before his own dismissal, may seem like one of his defining legacies, as the defender returned to torment his former team with an assist.
Lucas Digne against Everton:
◉ Most touches (93)
◉ Most passes (48)
◉ Most interceptions (3)
And he provided his first PL assist of the season. ???? pic.twitter.com/SRGQpmbFIK
— Squawka Soccer (@Squawka) January 22, 2022