Man charged after Aston Villa players hit by bottle during Everton match

Man charged after Aston Villa players hit by bottle during Everton match

A man has been charged with assault following an incident during Aston Villa’s trip to Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

Villa won the match 1-0 thanks to Emi Buendia’s goal in first half additional time, but in the celebrations that followed, both Matty Cash and Lucas Digne appeared to be struck by a bottle thrown from the crowd at Everton’s Goodison Park.

Roger Tweedle, of Cranehurst Road, Walton, is accused of throwing the object in question.

The 19-year-old, who is also charged with throwing an item onto the pitch, has been released on conditional bail and will appear at South Sefton Magistrates Court on February 28.

After the match, Villa head coach Steven Gerrard said he had not seen the incident, but credited his players for not letting the incident distract them from the task in hand.

He said: “None of the players have mentioned it. We scored at an important time. The players never let it affect them, they focused on the performance.

“I haven’t seen it so I don’t want to comment on anything which may or may not have happened. The important thing is we focused on resetting the performance and never let it affect us.”

In a statement released after the match on Saturday, Everton said: “Several objects were thrown towards the pitch following Aston Villa’s goal at the end of the first half, with one missile appearing to strike two opposition players.

“Investigations in conjunction with the police are ongoing, and the Club will issue bans to any fans identified throwing objects.”

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