By Emmanuel Adeleke
Everton have been fined £300,000 ($328,000) by Football Association in England for the pitch invasion which marred their Premier League game against Crystal Palace last season.
Everton supporters invaded the field at Goodison Park during the 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on May 19, which guaranteed their top-flight status last season.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 84th-minute winner triggered a pitch invasion and after the final whistle, the fans found their way on the pitch, with Crystal Palace manager, Patrick Vieira, involved in an altercation with a supporter.
The FA charged Everton in July over the incidents and revealed the punishment on Friday afternoon.
“Everton FC has been fined 300,000 pounds for two breaches of FA Rule E20 which occurred during the 84th minute of its EPL fixture against Crystal Palace and following the final whistle.
“Everton FC admitted failing to ensure that its spectators and all persons purporting to be its supporters or followers conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from using threatening and violent behaviour whilst encroaching onto the pitch area.
“An independent regulatory commission subsequently imposed these sanctions, which remain subject to appeal, and the written reasons for its decisions will be published in due course,” FA spokesperson said