Aston Villa’s Leon Bailey is reportedly being investigated by police after an alleged assault on a supporter after the win against Everton.
Daily Mail write that the goalscorer is being looked at by West Midlands police over the incident which is said to have happened in the corporate boxes at Villa Park.
A supporter asked Bailey to pose for a picture with his son, who was at the match to celebrate his 5th birthday, but Bailey is said to have refused and the Villa fan has now accused him of pushing him to the ground.
The alleged incident is said to have been caught on CCTV and seen by numerous witnesses, and the WMP and Aston Villa are looking into it, with the fan giving a statement at the scene.
The Daily Mail add that security officers at the ground had contacted the police after the alleged incident.
Police declined to comment on this when approached by the media outlet.
🚨EXCL: Leon Bailey is being investigated by police after a supporter accused him of assault after their 4-0 win over Everton
— Mail Sport (@MailSport) August 21, 2023
Leon Bailey managed to get himself a goal and assist in Aston Villa’s 4-0 victory against Everton, saying in a video message via the club’s socials to the fans: “Hi Villans, great game, great result, hope you guy enjoyed that! See you again soon, on Wednesday!”
Aston Villa recovered from their opening Premier League thrashing at Newcastle by putting more misery on Everton at Villa Park on Sunday evening.
Unai Emery’s Villa were heavily beaten 5-1 in last weekend’s league opener but got their campaign up and running at home with Leon Bailey having a hand in two goals.
Impressive work from the winger led him to creating the opener for John McGinn, who clipped home a first-time finish from close range.
The hosts then doubled their lead just before the half hour mark courtesy of Douglas Luiz’s penalty after the referee adjudged Jordan Pickford to have brought down Ollie Watkins in the box.
“Great game, great result!” 👌 pic.twitter.com/2an4fFrFop
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) August 20, 2023
Player ratings (via Sky Sports)
Aston Villa: Martinez (7), Cash (7), Torres (8), Konsa (7), Digne (8), Luiz (8), Kamara (7), Bailey (8), McGinn (9), Diaby (7), Watkins (7).
Subs: Tielemans (7), Carlos (6), Coutinho (6), Duran (7), Archer (n/a).
Everton: Pickford (6), Patterson (5), Keane (4), Tarkowski (6), Young (4), Gueye (5), Garner (6), Doucoure (5), Onana (5), Iwobi (6), Calvert-Lewin (5).
Subs: Danjuma (6), Dobbin (5), Maupay (6), Onyango (n/a).
Player of the match: John McGinn
Everton manager Sean Dyche told Sky Sports:
“They were better in all departments. Overall, the sharpness, the edge that’s important in a performance – particularly them scoring goals, driving into the box, looking a lot more alive than we were defensively.
“Miles off it today. It’s a strange one because we were really on it last weekend. We’ve got to find consistency – I used that word constantly last season, week-to-week and in our performance. That was badly lacking today.
“The learning I’ve had from the last couple of seasons is good one week, miles off it the next week. We’ve got to find consistency. We find it through the training ground but we’ve got to put it into performances. There’s no excuses today, they were miles better than us.”
Aston Villa manager Unai Emery to BBC Sport: “We needed to react like we did. It is not enough at the moment because after two matches we only have three points. We have to react like we did today and still be going forward.
“We had a good transition and avoided their transition. We did a very good job today. We want to create and build in this way. I feel good.
“We won today and we want to give the injured players the three points. We were thinking of them for this match. Now we have to play Europa Conference League.
“New chapter this season. We started very well here. The balance is five goals for and five against. We can feel something positive here at home like we did last year but we have to create a new way, a new strong feeling here with our supporters.
“Today we were very, very angry to try and get our performance at home and to forget last week’s match. We have to learn. Today we did a lot of things good but there are some moments we can do better.”
Leon Bailey vs Everton (Home) pic.twitter.com/X2HDHKSVmr
— ✞ (@BaileyFC) August 20, 2023