Everton fan who aimed punch at player while holding a child reported to police

The man has also been banned by the club

Everton fan who aimed punch at player while holding a child reported to police

Everton and Lyon players clash during a Group E Europa League soccer match at Goodison Park, 19-10-2017. Image: AP Photo/Dave Thompson

An Everton fan who appeared to aim a punch at an opposition player while holding a child in his arms is set to be banned by the club.

The incident happened in the 63rd minute of the club's Europa League match against Lyon last night.

Central defender Ashley Williams barged into Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, sparking a melee with the pushing and shoving ending up directly in front of the stands.

A man in a tracksuit, holding a child with one arm, can be seen in TV pictures striding to the front of the crowd before apparently throwing a punch at Lopes.

The man continues to shout and gesture angrily as Lyon players confront him.

A statement on Everton's website said: "We have identified one individual whom action will now be taken against.

"This will include a ban from attending future Everton fixtures and the Club registering a formal complaint with Merseyside Police."

Several other men from the crowd were also involved in the disturbance, with one grabbing the arm of Lyon's Lucas Tousart.

Merseyside Police said: "Detectives will be reviewing footage and speaking to witnesses to establish what, if any, offences have been committed."

Williams, Everton's captain for the night, was booked, as was Lyon's Bertrand Traore, but European football bosses could also review the skirmish and take action.

"Ashley Williams and Everton will surely face further sanction from UEFA once video evidence is studied," former Premier League referee Graham Poll told the Daily Mail.
"Williams totally lost the plot.

"There were numerous players from both teams involved... and even a fan from the Everton section at the Gwladys Street End became involved - first pushing then appearing to aim a punch at a Lyon player."

He added: "The UEFA delegate and referee's observer will have met with the official after the game and discussed their findings before submitting individual reports.

"Unless the referee ill-advisedly says he saw everything, sanctions really must follow."

Speaking after Everton's 2-1 home defeat, Williams told BT Sport: "It's what happens, it's football. It is what it is.

"It's high emotions. We want to win the game, they want to win the game and stuff happens. That was just one of those times."