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Man City’s Rico Lewis has lighter thrown at his face by Burnley fan; pitch invader taken down by steward

Man City’s Rico Lewis has a lighter thrown at his face by a Burnley fan just 26 minutes into the first Premier League game of the season.

The unsavoury incident saw Lewis – when challenging for the ball near the corner flag – struck by the object thrown from the crowd.

Luckily there was no lasting damage but yet again a depressing sight and had a talk with the official while holding the side of his face.

It came after it took just three minutes for Erling Haaland to open the scoring. Burnley had issues defending set pieces and were undone with this one as Rodri was at the back post, bulleting a header into the six-yard box, meeting Haaland’s boot.

Sky Sports football journalist Joe Shread: “Goodness me. Less than four minutes and he’s at it again.

“Rodri peels into space and finds Haaland. The two City players are surrounded by half of Burnley’s team but still do the business.

“Welcome back to the Premier League, Burnley.”

Jamie Carragher: “Erling Haaland, the superstar of the Premier League last season has started where he left off. Rodri does fantastic. There’s three defenders around Haaland but he’s always on his toes and alive. He’s so alert and sharp. That’s the difference at this level.”

Shortly after, there was a penalty shout for Burnley. Amdouni half a yard on Akanji into the box who did get the wrong side. He waited for Ederson to come out, he does but there was an arm on the Burnley man, who hit the deck hard. Referee gave nothing.

Carragher: “He definitely had a bit of his shirt. It’s just whether he let go of his shirt at just the right time.

“He puts him off enough and the goalkeeper is there to the rescue. He had hold of his arm. As a defender, you are allowed contact, and it’s about how long you have hold of the arm.

“Burnley are playing a man-to-man system. The pressing from Burnley has certainly lifted the crowd. Let’s see if the City players can drag the Burnley defenders out of position. It’s an interesting approach.”

Man City soon doubled their lead. Alvarez found Halland about 15 yards out on the angle and as easy as you like, struck the ball for the top corner, just the upright as it went into the net.

Carragher: “He’s hardly been involved in the game, but he’s got two goals. That’s what he does. Burnley just switch off on the far side. Haaland doesn’t look at the goal, he just knows exactly where it is.

“One touch, right into the top corner. That’s why he’s the best goalscorer in world football right now.”

Sky Sports football journalist Joe Shread: “Unbelievable finish. Haaland doesn’t even look up. Just sets himself as Alvarez picks him out and whips the ball in off the bar.

“Nothing the debutant Trafford could do about this one either. Haaland – and City – have just been too good.”

Carragher: “Burnley have been very unlucky to be 2-0 down and not on the scoresheet. They don’t have anyone of the quality of the man at the other end.”

It was nearly 3-0 before the break, Rodri took a little too long and Foster came in with the challenge that spun the ball rather dangerously back to Ederson, who then dealt with it with his first touch.

Gary Neville: “For all of Manchester City’s strengths, they still work incredibly hard on set-pieces. Everything is right. Haaland is brave and he’s just a brilliant finisher.

“Burnley have found out this half that you can play well but against the top teams, they can deliver massive quality and that is what Haaland has done.

“There will be some people who love the intensity of that, the relentlessness of it, showing why he’s a genius. There will be others asking why he’s doing it in a public forum with the cameras on.

“I’ve played with one of the most intense managers in the history of the game but he would have always done it in the dressing room.”

Carragher: “We’ve seen Pep do that with players before. I’m thinking if City can get the ball into Haaland earlier. He’s found himself one-v-one, and maybe the demand is to get him more involved.”

An early opportunity for Burnley in the second half saw Luca Koleosho run at the Manchester City defence before an attempt at slipping in Lyle Foster only to put too much on it and Ederson easily collect.

But with Burnley trying to get back in the game, Man City soon made it 3-0 with Rodri netting from close range as the hosts struggled again with a set piece.

A ball went straight into their six-yard box, bobbled about, Haaland and Ake were both there but eventually Rodri got the goal he deserved, thumping it home.

Carragher“You’re playing against Manchester City and two of the goals have come from set pieces. It’s a scramble and it just falls to Rodri. Maybe a handball from Ake, but there’s not much in it.”

Foden spun in midfield and sent Alvarez in behind, going low with the finish but Trafford kept it out well.

During the attack, a Burnley fan tried to run onto the pitch and was caught by several stewards. 

Carragher: “There’s been a couple of incidents tonight. We’re all excited about the Premier League being back. We’ve seen a really good game and Vincent Kompany will be really proud of his players, but there have been a couple of idiots trying to get themselves involved in proceedings.

“Thankfully, they’ve both been dealt with.”

The first card of the game came in added time as Zaroury got outpaced by Walker and left a nasty one on the back of his calf. VAR checked and it was turned into a red.

This is what Twitter users said after Man City’s Rico Lewis has lighter thrown at his face by a Burnley fan…

@thestevecook: Burnley fans been back in the Premier League less than 30 minutes, already booed the knee & lobbing lighters at Rico Lewis

@marks_WHUFC85: Poor from Burnley fans throwing objects at Rico Lewis.. no need for it

@cfet13: as if some scummy Burnley fan threw a lighter at Rico Lewis

@TMC_V2: Some idiot chucked a lighter at Rico Lewis. What a way to get a lifetime ban from football. Very smart thing to do. 2 seconds of entertainment for ya. 😂

@Jamie_UTFT: Less than 20 minutes into the new season and somebody’s thrown a lighter at Rico Lewis of all ppl ffs so embarrassing

@CitehSide: Lifetime ban for those fan(s)

@_makho_ZA: They got that man on camera throwing whatever on Rico Lewis’ head . Do the right thing

@matt_johnson_89: Hopefully whoever threw something at Rico Lewis is identified and never allowed inside a football stadium again

@shaxxszn: Throwing objects at players is always a disgusting act from fans. Now it’s targeted at 18 year old Rico Lewis. Terrible from Burnley fans

@Latt_90: Burnley fan throwing something at Rico Lewis when he’s on the ground we gotta stop with this smh

@stotty111: Terrible. You can see the guy in black shirt who throws it.

@lucypritty1: If you don’t like Rico Lewis, then fair enough, but you don’t have to throw anything, let alone a lighter from the stands. Complete disrespect from a fan who ruins a good game for everyone else

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