Everton and Hajduk Split have both been charged by UEFA after the Croatian fans forced the game to be stopped in the 33rd minute of last night’s 2-0 win for the Blues at Goodison Park.
It is believed that a coin was thrown by the visitors which hit a young Everton fan seated in the Park End shortly after Michael Keane had opened the scoring for Everton.
A bit of finger pointing and shouting followed between the two sets of supporters before the visitors began throwing a number of items, including bottles, lighters, coins, and seating from the Bullens Road stand. They then appeared to surge towards the Everton supporters after removing advertising boards, however, those fans who managed to get onto the pitch quickly ran back behind the police cordon and made very little effort to get to the Park End stand.
Everton fans retaliated and returned the objects thrown by the Croatians, and Everton have been charged with “throwing of objects” by UEFA. Split have been charged with offences including “throwing of objects”, “crowd disturbances”, “field invasions by supporters” and “acts of damages”. It is not known when the hearing will take place.
There is also a concern being raised by Everton fans about the apparent repeated use of the Nazi salute in the away supporter’s end, and with the unofficial nickname of the side who finished third in the Croatian league last season being “100% White” then you would have to wonder.
The game was stopped for five minutes in the first half due to the disorder, although the visitors kept within their flimsy police escort back into the City Centre after the match.