Everton have been fined £26,600 by UEFA after a fan attempted to punch Lyon’s Anthony Lopes while holding a child during last month’s Europa League clash at Goodison Park.
A second-half melee sparked by Ashley Williams during Lyon’s 2-1 victory on Oct. 19 saw a supporter in the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End push goalkeeper Lopes in the head before hitting out at him again.
Everton announced the following day that the fan will be banned from their future games and, after opening disciplinary proceedings against the Toffees for “aggressions by supporters against players,” UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body has now hit them with a fine.
With the huddle of disgruntled players from both teams moving to the advertising hoardings, Lopes’ head was pushed by a supporter, who then hit out at the keeper with the same hand while he used his other arm to clutch an infant sucking a dummy.
Merseyside Police launched an investigation and interviewed a 30-year-old man on suspicion of assault and affray before he was released under investigation.
Everton’s statement at the time read: “Club officials have reviewed the footage of an incident that occurred in the 64th minute of the game against Olympique Lyonnais where supporters towards the front of the lower Gwladys Street End became involved in a confrontation between players.
“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.”
Footage of the supporter’s actions went viral and received widespread condemnation.