By Paul Robinson

26th May, 2022 | 10:00am

Everton news: Robinson issues 'inconceivable' Patrick Vieira claim amid FA punishment verdict

Paul Robinson has urged the FA “to be lenient” with Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira after an altercation with a fan at Everton last Thursday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one claimed “it is inconceivable” that the 45-year-old will be punished for his actions.

A pitch invasion followed Everton’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on 21 May.

As shown on Sky Sports News (19 May), Vieira appeared to kick out at a fan who was taunting him during the chaos.

Merseyside Police opened an inquiry into the matter with but as reported by the BBC (23 May), the police will take no action against the Eagles manager.

Robinson wants the FA to take a similar stance to the police.

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“The FA need to be lenient with him,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“If somebody comes right up to you and taunts you and goads you your manager hat comes off. You cannot stand there as a human being and not react. Just because your are a public figure doesn’t mean you can’t react. There was two or three people poking him.

“I’m sorry but they have to be lenient. You can completely understand why Vieira did it.

“The fans that picked on him are idiots. They obviously did not see him when he played. They must have forgot what he’s like because they’ve picked on the wrong manager.

“If Vieira gets punished… It is inconceivable. He has done nothing by protect himself from two stupid hooligans.

“The two hooligans are lucky he didn’t know them out flat.”

In other news, a source has revealed Everton and Crystal Palace are plotting moves for a Brazilian star.