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Uefa fine Everton after fan confrontation with Lyon keeper

The Lyon goalkeeper was targeted after a scuffle on the pitch spilled over into the crowd. Credit: PA

Everton have been fined £26,600 by UEFA after a fan hit out at Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes during their Europa League tie last month.

In shocking scenes at Goodison Park an Everton supporter, who was holding a child with one arm, appeared to try to strike Lopes in front of the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End.

The incident happened after Toffees defender Ashley Williams barged into Lopes midway through the second half.

Everton were charged for "aggressions by supporters against players" and the UEFA control, ethics and disciplinary body on Wednesday announced the club have been fined 30,000 euros.

The Premier League club banned the supporter following the incident on October 19, during Everton's 2-1 defeat.

Merseyside Police launched an investigation and interviewed a 30-year-old man on suspicion of assault and affray before he was released under investigation.

The Everton fan - whose young child was sucking a dummy - appeared to push Lopes' head and seemed to aim a punch in the direction of the keeper and defender Mouctar Diakhaby.

Footage of the supporter's actions went viral and received widespread condemnation.

Walcott to miss Arsenal Europa League tie through illness

Walcott missed the Premier League win over Spurs. Credit: PA

Arsenal could again be without forward Theo Walcott through illness for the Europa League tie in Cologne.

Walcott missed the Premier League win over Tottenham and did not train outside at London Colney on Wednesday morning as the rest of the squad prepared for the trip to Germany, where striker Olivier Giroud should be involved following his thigh injury along with goalkeeper David Ospina, who has recovered from a groin problem, and forward Danny Welbeck.

With the Gunners already qualified out of Group H for the knockout stage, manager Arsene Wenger is expected to again give his young players a chance to impress, with the likes of 17-year-old Reiss Nelson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock all expected to feature in the squad.

Provisional Squad: Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker, Chambers, Debuchy, Maitland-Niles, Nelson, Elneny, Coquelin, Wilshere, Welbeck, Macey, Willock, Nketiah, Giroud, Osei-Tutu, McGuane, Sheaf, Akpom, Da Silva


Marseille's Evra sent off before kick-off for kicking fan

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Marseille's former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra appeared to kick a fan in the head in a heated confrontation before his side's Europa League match in Portugal on Thursday night.

The 36-year-old, named as a substitute for the Ligue 1 side's fixture away to Vitoria, was sent off even before the game got under way for an "altercation with supporters", according to a live text commentary on the Marseille website.

Video footage showed Evra lashing out at one of his own club's fans as players and supporters, who had seemingly scaled barriers to reach the advertising hoardings at the Estadio D Afonso Henriques in Guimaraes, confronted each other at the side of the pitch. Evra was then was ushered away by a team-mate.

According to a report in L'Equipe, he was reacting to taunts directed at him.

The Frenchman, who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League during an eight-year spell with United, joined Marseille from Juventus in January.


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