Everton ban fan carrying child after clash with Lyon player

Ashley Williams

Everton have banned the child-carrying supporter involved in a confrontation with a Lyon player during Thursday’s Europa League defeatat Goodison Park.

The club have also contacted Merseyside Police, who are investigating.

Everton’s Ashley Williams sparked the melee which saw an Everton fan – carrying a small child – appear to push Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

European football’s governing body Uefa has charged Everton with “aggressions by supporters against players”.

Uefa will deal with the case at a disciplinary hearing on 16 November.

“I don’t think it is part of the English atmosphere to hit an away player, but it was like this,” said Lopes after the game, which Lyon won 2-1.

An Everton statement read: “Club officials have reviewed the footage of an incident where supporters towards the front of the lower Gwladys Street End became involved in a confrontation between players.

“We have identified one individual against whom action will now be taken. This will include a ban from attending future Everton fixtures, and the club registering a formal complaint with Merseyside Police.”

Everton were fined £8,837 by Uefa last month, after crowd trouble during the home leg of their Europa League play-off match against Hajduk Split in August.