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Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo
Ellen Kirwin

Merseyside man suspected of throwing flare on pitch at Man City V Aston Villa

Police have named two men suspected of causing disturbance at Manchester City's game with Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium.

Two men have been charged after Manchester City's Premier League win on Sunday, May 22. Manchester City won the title after beating Aston Villa 3-2. After the game, thousands of fans ran onto the pitch to celebrate with the players.

Following the win, Greater Manchester Police have revealed that two people who attended the game have been charged, one of which is from Merseyside. The 28-year-old, from Knowsley, is suspected of throwing a flare onto the pitch.

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Phillip Maxwell, 28, of Anzio Row, Knowsley, has been charged with throwing a missile (pyrotechnic) onto the pitch. Paul Colbridge, 37, of Whitegate Drive, Salford, has been charged with going onto the pitch. Both have been bailed ahead of court appearances.

Maxwell will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on May 23 and Colbridge will appear on June 7. Police also confirmed that enquiries into the reported assault of a player on the pitch after the final whistle are ongoing with officers working in partnership with both football clubs.

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