Everton fined for pitch invasion
Everton has been fined by the Football Association for their supporters’ behavior during last season’s Premier League win over Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.
A couple of fans invaded the pitch following Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 85th-minute winner and at the final whistle in their 3-2 victory over Palace.
The match was a thrilling contest and went toe-to-toe until Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal.
“Everton FC admitted failing to ensure that its spectators – and all persons purporting to be its supporters or followers – conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from using threatening and violent behaviour whilst encroaching onto the pitch area,” the FA said in a statement on Friday.
Palace manager Patrick Vieira was confronted by a fan when he was walking towards the away dressing room after the final whistle.
When the fan did some hand gestures toward Vieira, he kicked him to the ground and led away by other supporters.
However, none of them filed a case and added that it was during the heat of the moment. Vieira was not charged by the FA for the incident.
Notably, FA, Premier League, Football League announced stricter punishment for pitch invasions, usage of smoke bombs and any other objects that would disturb the contest.
According to the press release, Everton FC has been fined 300,000 Euros.