Monday 23 April 2018

UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Everton and Hajduk Split

Fans of Hadjuk Split during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Play-Offs round first leg match between Everton FC and Hajduk Split at Goodison Park on August 17, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Fans of Hadjuk Split during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Play-Offs round first leg match between Everton FC and Hajduk Split at Goodison Park on August 17, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

UEFA has announced the opening of disciplinary proceedings against Everton and Hajduk Split after their Europa League play-off on Thursday.

Play during the match at Goodison Park had to be stopped for several minutes due to crowd trouble in the away end.

Trouble flared in the first half of Everton's 2-0 win, with missiles being thrown and advertising boards being kicked over as supporters surged towards the pitch.

As stewards and police moved to try to bring the situation under control, the players were instructed to leave the field by Slovakian referee Ivan Kruzliak and the game was halted for several minutes.

A statement from UEFA on Friday said Everton had been charged with the throwing of objects while Hajduk are accused of throwing objects, crowd disturbances, field invasion and acts of damages.

Michael Keane's header had given Everton the lead just prior to the trouble in the 30th minute and Idrissa Gueye doubled the advantage in the 45th minute.

Regarding the crowd trouble, Everton boss Ronald Koeman said: "I was disappointed.

"I like to have it really fair, that you can play football, and we needed to stop. I don't know what happened, it was in the corner."

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