Everton Board Advised to Stay Away from Game Due to Fan Protests and Safety Concerns
- World Soccer Today -
The Everton board has been advised to not attend Goodison Park due to planned protests by fans.
It is unclear what the specific reason for the planned protests is or what the fans are protesting against, but the Everton board has been advised to stay away from the stadium for safety reasons.
This means that the board members will not be present at the game between Everton and Saints, which is set to take place at Goodison Park.
The Everton board of directors have been advised to not attend the Premier League match against Southampton due to a credible threat to their safety and security.
This is in response to planned sit-in protest by angry fans at Goodison Park as a result of the team's poor performance and fall into the relegation zone, with mounting criticism towards the manager and owner.
The chairman, CEO, chief finance and strategy officer, and a non-executive director will not be present at the match, following the advice of security advisors.
The statement from the club also mention that this decision was made after receiving malicious and threatening correspondence and increasing incidents of anti-social behavior, including physical aggression, at recent home matches.
This is an unusual and historic move for Everton Football Club, as the entire board of directors have never been told not to attend a match for safety reasons before.
This is a very unfortunate situation for both the club and its fans.
The owner, a billionaire, has had a history of firing multiple managers in his almost 7 years of being in charge of the club.
However, this week he attributed the instability to the negative attitude of the fans and said that the firing of each manager was influenced by the growing negativity from the fanbase.