English football club Everton has been fined 300,000 pounds ($331,920) by the Football Association (FA) for the behaviour of their supporters during last season’s Premier League win over Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. As the Toffees registered a thrilling win which led to multiple pitch invasions.
Everton fans run onto the pitch after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 85th-minute winner to register a 3-2 victory over Palace. The win also helped the Merseyside-based club to avoid relegations and ensure top-flight survival.
"Everton FC has been fined £300,000 for two breaches of FA Rule E20 that occurred during the 84th minute of its Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace on Thursday 19 May 2022 and following the final whistle," an FA spokesperson said.
"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. An independent regulatory commission subsequently imposed these sanctions, which remain subject to appeal, and the written reasons for its decisions will be published in due course."
Approaching the upcoming game week, Everton is slated to face Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday aiming to extend their six-match unbeaten run. Toffees manager Frank Lampard had some positive words for the team’s defence as they have kept two clean sheets in the previous two games.
“Defending is a collective,” the former Chelsea player said. “At times last season we didn’t defend well enough, and that was high in my thinking and the Club’s thinking during the summer recruitment process. Conor [Coady] and Tarky [James Tarkowski] have been a big plus for us. They have great attitudes. They are both captains in their own way – although Seamus will always be captain of this club while he’s here. Their performances and consistency levels have been really good.”
“That [consistency] is what we aspire to, to have that solid base. These are things that have to be continually worked on and it’s not just Conor and Tarky, it’s the team. It’s the work we do on the training ground, and how we communicate with the players in what we want on and off the ball,” he continued.