Everton handed £300,000 fine following fans' pitch invasion following the Premier League match against Crystal Palace..

2022-10-01 20:43

Everton handed  £300,000 fine following fans

The BBC reported on Friday, citing a statement from the English Football Association (FA), that Everton failed to strictly control the order of fans after confirming that they are safe from relegation against Crystal Palace last season in May this year. Thus the club had fined £300,000 over the fans' pitch invasion.

According to reports, after England international center forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored in the 85th minute of the second half, a large number of fans forced their way into the turf of Goodison Park to celebrate the club's 3-2 comeback win against Crystal Palace as they successfully avoided relegation from the Premier League. When the news that the Toffees safety from relegation was confirmed, more fans of the club invaded into the playing field after the final whistle, causing property damage to Crystal Palace.

In fact, Crystal Palace head coach Patrick Vieira was harassed by Everton fans who invaded the stadium after the end of the game whistle. The two sides even had an dispute swiftly, but the English FA and Merseyside Police later issued a statement confirming that the former legendary Arsenal captain will not face any charges.

After a lapse of four months, the English FA have finally condemned Everton's failure to control the order of fans in a statement released on Friday and fined them. The FA said in a statement that Everton will be fined £300,000 for two breaches of FA Rule E20 during that match which took place on Thursday 19 May 2022. Meanwhile, Everton have admitted the club failed to ensure that its spectators, and all those claiming to be its fans, celebrate in an orderly manner and ensure them avoid threatening and violent behaviour when invading the pitch. "

Regarding Everton's fine, Vieira, the party involved, said  that he respects the punishment made by the English FA when asked about the matter. The English FA has long made it clear that they will not tolerate unpleasant incidents in the stadium caused by pitch invasion. Now that Everton has been punished, he believes that the Toffees will do better in terms of fan control in the future, and it is time to let this controversy go and carry on with our daily lives.