Aston Villa fans clash with baton-wielding police in violent scenes after last-minute equaliser ruled out at Crystal Palace

ASTON VILLA fans were met by baton-wielding police in a violent clash after a last-minute equaliser was ruled out at Crystal Palace.

Henri Lansbury scored to make it 1-1 – but referee Kevin Friend disallowed the goal because he thought Jack Grealish dived in the build up.

Aston Villa fans were met by baton-wielding police in a violent clash after a last-minute equaliser was ruled out at Crystal Palace
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Henri Lansbury equalised but referee Kevin Friend disallowed the goal because he thought Grealish dived in the build up
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Crystal Palace security also faced a battle to restrain the travelling Villa fans
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One Villa fan clashes with security
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Grealish charged towards Crystal Palace’s box in the 96th minute of the clash at Selhurst Park.

The 23-year-old crashed to the ground as he attempted to burst away from Wilfried Zaha and past Gary Gary Cahill.

His pass reached the feet of Lansbury, who slotted the ball into the far corner of the net to level the scoring.

But Friend blew his whistle, ruled out the goal and controversially booked for Grealish for diving.

The Villa captain failed to keep his cool and had to be held back by Eagles defender Gary Cahill and team-mate Tyrone Mings.

Grealish crashed to the ground as he attempted to burst away from Wilfried Zaha and past Gary Gary Cahill
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Jack Grealish protested the decision after the goal was ruled out
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After the final whistle, he furiously attempted to protest the decision.

Grealish was not the only one incensed with the decision as travelling Villa fans clashed with police in the stands.

Officers were seen with batons in their hands as they tried to calm down and restrain the fuming away supporters.

The Villa skipper was not the only one incensed with the decision as travelling away fans clashed with police in the stands
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Officers were seen with batons in their hands as they tried to calm down and restrain the fuming away supporters
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Fans on social media have called for Kevin Friend to be sacked after booking Grealish for the dive
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