One arrested over bottle-throwing incident in Villa's 1-0 victory over Everton
- An Everton fan was arrested at Goodison Park in Aston Villa's 1-0 victory over Everton
- The fan was arrested for throwing bottles at Villa players
- Everton have condemned the incident
Former Everton left-back Lucas Digne, who joined Villa days ago, was hit by a bottle thrown by the crowd as he celebrated Villa's goal, scored by Emile Buendia, and assisted by himself.
The Villa players were celebrating the goal in front of the Everton crowd, when Digne fell to the ground upon getting hit, clutching his face. He recovered soon after and got on with the game.
Aston Villa right back Matty Cash was also struck by a projectile as the game went on.
"Several objects were thrown toward 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," said Everton in a statement, commenting on the untoward incident.
Everton caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson, appointed after the sacking of former Rafa Benitez days earlier, also condemned the incident, calling it a "disgraceful act."
The incidents marred an otherwise important victory for Villa manager Steven Gerrard, who has a long history with Everton from his time at Liverpool.
During the post-match press conference, the former Liverpool man said that his side had to "roll their sleeves up" to stay in the game, especially in the second half when Everton ramped pressure up on the visiting side after a poor display in the first half.
The win put Aston Villa on the 11th spot in the Premier League table with 26 points from 21 games, while Everton are hovering above the relegation zone, with 19 points from 20 games.