Michael Owen says fans are acting like sheep as two Man City supporters are charged after title win

Two Manchester City supporters have been charged following the pitch invasion at the Etihad stadium on Sunday.

Man City were celebrating their fourth Premier League title in five years as fans ran onto the field at the sound of the final whistle following the 3-2 win over Aston Villa

This was the latest in a series of incidents to take place at grounds across the country, with Greater Manchester Police revealing that inquiries were ongoing into the reported assault on Villa keeper Robin Olsen.

Phillip Maxwell, 28, of Anzio Row, Knowsley, was charged by authorities for throwing a pyrotechnic onto the field.

Meanwhile, 37-year-old Paul Colbridge, of Whitegate Drive Salford, has been charged for going onto the pitch.

Last week, Nottingham Forest supporter Robert Biggs was jailed for assaulting Sheffield United's Billy Sharp following a Championship play-off fixture.

Elsewhere, Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira was also involved in an altercation with an Everton supporter after the Toffees secured their Premier League status.

Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain, Michael Owen slammed the behaviour of fans, saying: "I think in general us as human beings are a little bit like sheep.

"We see it on the television, we see somebody making a pitch invasion, and all of a sudden we think, 'Ah, when our team plays, we're going to do it next'. I think as soon as we stop one set of fans doing it then most will follow.

"If we keep acting like animals, we're going to be treated like animals, we're going to be back to cages and fences and things like that.

"If they (clubs) are letting people through their turnstiles, they've got to be able to control those people. At the end of the day, they're responsible. So I think we've got to hold the clubs to account. Fining I think is the easiest way."

The former England international admitted he would be worried about a possible altercation with a supporter if he was still playing today.

He added: "All of a sudden we're getting into a situation where I'd be looking at the clock thinking, only one minute to go, I'm almost starting to play in a position where I'm near the tunnel to get off the pitch quickly.

"You should never go to a game and feel threatened but football is like that, it's tribal, and, when people get together, they do things they shouldn't do and we obviously need to stamp it out right at source."

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