Everton’s board of directors have been told to stay away from their Premier League match against Southampton due to a “real and credible threat to their safety”. Angry Everton fans are planning a sit-in protest at Goodison Park in the wake of their team’s slump in the relegation zone. After narrowly avoiding slump last season, Everton are in trouble again amid mounting criticism of boss Frank Lampard and owner Farhad Moshiri.
With Everton desperately needing a win against bottom of the table Southampton, the atmosphere would become even more toxic if the Toffees lose.
Everton said chairman Bill Kenwright, chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale, director of finance and strategy Grant Ingles and non-executive director Graeme Sharp will remain “reluctantly” on the advice of security advisers.
“Board members received the instruction following malicious and unacceptably threatening correspondence received by the club and increased incidents of anti-social behaviour, including targeted physical assault, in recent home games,” Everton said in a statement. release.
“This is an unprecedented decision for Everton Football Club – never before has our entire board of directors been ordered not to attend a match for security reasons. It is a deeply sad day for Everton and the people of Everton.
Billionaire owner Moshiri has sacked five bosses – Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva and Rafael Benitez – during nearly seven years in charge of Everton.
But this week he blamed fans for the instability, saying each firing was influenced by growing negativity coming from the fan base.
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