Authorities in Split have been unable to guarantee the safety of travelling Everton fans for the second leg of the Europa League tie between Everton and Hajduk Split on Thursday if they display club colours.
Trouble flared as Split fans threw coins and missiles at Evertonians during the first leg which Everton won 2-0, and now Everton have made an official statement urging fans to be careful in Croatia.
The statement, which followed a series of meetings with local authorities in Split, said, “Fans are being advised by the Club not to display flags outside bars and restaurants or in any public areas during their time in Croatia.
“They are also advised not to wear Club colours in or around Split before or after the match.
“There will be a designated area in the city for fans to congregate before the match, accessible from 8am. The gathering place is in Zvoncac Park near the marina at the end of the the coastal Riva promenande. The address is Setaliste Ivana Mestrovica BR3 and the gathering area in the park is adjacent to a bar called ‘Jungle’.
“All Everton supporters are advised to congregate in this location.”
In the past when Everton have travelled to Europe, there has been nothing but praise for the behaviour of the visiting Toffees. In Nuremburg a decade ago, Evertonians travelled in their thousands and were met with good humour and hospitality from the locals and authorities alike. The same story is told repeatedly wherever Everton fans go.
Sadly, those from Split will not get to enjoy Evertonians’ good side.