Manchester City charged by Football Association over May pitch invasion

The FA said City must answer for the charge of failing to maintain orderly conduct by fans during a pitch invasion following the club’s 3-2 win over Villa at the Etihad Stadium on May 22.

Pep Guardiola’s side edged Villa to win back-to-back Premier League titles but fans flooded the pitch causing unrest and police investigations are still ongoing.

Two people have been charged over the ground invasion in May, with Greater Manchester Police continuing to investigate the events and the alleged offences.

Now FA chiefs have confirmed a charge against City, with the club at the Etihad Stadium due to respond by Thursday August 25.

“Manchester City FC have been charged with breaching FA Rule E20 following their Premier League match against Aston Villa FC on Sunday 22 May 2022,” an FA spokesperson said.

“It is alleged that after the final whistle for this match, Manchester City FC failed to ensure that its spectators – and all persons claiming to be its supporters or supporters – behaved in an orderly manner and refrained from using threatening and/or violent behavior while encroaching on the court.

“Manchester City FC have until Thursday August 25, 2022 to provide a response to this charge.”

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