Everton’s Directors Won’t Watch Everton Vs Southampton Over Threat To Life
The board of directors of Everton football club won’t attend the Premier League game between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park later today.
The board of directors decided not to attend the game which will kick off at 16:00 because of a “serious and significant threat to their safety.”
The club claimed that the “malicious and intolerably menacing letter” was the reason why it was suggested that the directors avoid visiting Goodison Park.
Everton fan groups plan to protest during the 15:00 GMT game after their 4-1 home loss to Brighton the previous week.
A spokesperson of the club said: “This is an unprecedented decision.
“Never before has our entire board of directors been ordered not to attend a match on safety grounds.”
Everton alleged that there have been “increasing instances of anti-social behavior, including targeted physical assault,” at recent home games.
The board “grudgingly accepted the result of the safety evaluation done by security advisors,” the club claimed.
Everton have lost nine league games this season. They are currently sitting two points away from relegation, and were eliminated from both domestic cup competitions.
The Toffees narrowly avoided relegation last season after losing to Brighton and dropping into the bottom three.
The Everton Fans’ Forum sought “sweeping reforms at the chair, board, and executive levels” in an open letter to owner Farhad Moshiri this month.
In contrast, Moshiri commended the board of directors and manager Frank Lampard for their work in his letter of response to the fans.