Everton tells board their “security is under threat” and tells them to stay home after CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale’s car was “ATTACKED” and fans sent “malicious, threatening” messages
- Everton host Southampton in the Premier League this afternoon
- Fans have vented their anger at the board in recent weeks
- Today’s game should be dominated by fan protests
- Everton board have been told not to attend as their safety is at risk
Everton board are set to stay away from tonight’s critical home game against Southampton after being advised against security threats.
In an unprecedented situation, chairman Bill Kenwright, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, the chief executive, finance director Grant Ingles and Graeme Sharp, one of the club’s greatest players, will stay away from Goodison Park.
This was one of the most turbulent times in Everton’s modern history and fans frustrated with the direction the club has taken under Farhad Moshiri’s seven-year ownership will take a seat in protest after the clash with Southampton ended.
Bill Kenwright will stay away from Goodison Park for tonight’s game against Southampton
It was claimed by BBC Sport’s Juliette Ferrington that Barrett-Baxendale’s car was attacked after Everton’s last home game ended in a 4-1 defeat by Brighton.
Barrett-Baxendale was also subjected to “misogynistic, sexist and threatening language” as she tried to leave the stadium in her car.
A 40-second video was posted on Twitter on Friday night showing a series of banners aimed collectively and individually criticizing the board and calling for its removal. The atmosphere has become increasingly feverish.
Everton say the board members received the order after the club received malicious and unacceptably threatening correspondence and mounting incidents of anti-social behavior – including targeted physical aggression – at recent home games.
A security adviser said: “Following a thorough risk assessment and in response to specific threats received by the club and the information we have gathered, the club’s board members have been advised that they will not be allowed to attend tonight’s game.”
A club spokesman added: “This is an unprecedented decision for Everton Football Club – never before has our entire board been ordered not to attend a game for safety reasons. It’s a deeply sad day for Everton and Evertonians.’
Fans have directed their anger at the board, with Frank Lampard’s side on a dismal run
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-11635049/Evertons-board-directors-told-NOT-attend-teams-relegation-six-pointer-Southampton.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Everton board said NOT to participate in team’s relegation six with Southampton