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A Malaysian football fan travelled thousands of miles to watch Everton play but was left disappointed when the game was cancelled.

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Everton's game against Crystal Palace called off

Everton's Premier League match against Crystal Palace has been called off after building damage caused by high winds.

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BREAKING NEWS: Tonight's game has been called off due building damage which has led to safety concerns. #efccpfc

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We can confirm that the Everton game against Crystal Palace has been called off due to the high winds

Read: Man City v Sunderland game called off

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Everton's Martinez backs Hitzlsperger's decision

Everton manager Roberton Martinez says he fully supports Thomas Hitzlsperger's decision to announce he is gay.

Everton Manager, Roberto Martinez
Everton Manager, Roberto Martinez

"As a footballer and a human being you should be able to be happy. As a manager you want your players to be able to be free and honest and obviously we back Thomas's decision for coming out and making the statement that he made," said Martinez.

"I think it is important, you need to be able to be yourself and express your sexuality and in that respect we back his decision," he added.

Everton boss Martinez: 'The FA Cup is unique'

The Everton boss Roberto Martinez has declared "the FA Cup is unique" after Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert said the majority of Premier League sides saw the competition as a "distraction":

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RM: "The FA Cup is unique. In every country there is a cup competition but not like the one we have in England."

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"It’s like asking if you prefer mum or dad." Martinez says it's impossible to choose between FA Cup or league success:http://t.co/vKEJxRF12w

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Everton thanks fans for support as Moyes leaves

Everton has thanked its fans their support after manager David Moyes' last game at club:

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Thanks for the support we have received from every single Evertonian this season. #EFC #COYB

Footballers pay tribute to Boston Marathon victims

Arsenal and Everton players are wearing black armbands in memory of the victims of Hillsborough and the Boston Marathon blasts at tonight's Premier League match:

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Both teams are sporting black armbands in remembrance of the Hillsborough disaster and yesterday's tragedy in Boston #AFCvEFC

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Comic cautioned over soccer stunt

Comedian Simon Brodkin, who duped security at a Premier League match and limbered up alongside star players, has escaped prosecution.

The 35-year-old was given a conditional caution at North Liverpool Community Justice Centre following the stunt ahead of Manchester City's away game against Everton at Goodison Park on March 16.

Brodkin, from north London, had dressed as one of his characters, footballer Jason Bent, with blond highlights, shark-fin haircut and designer stubble to blend in with the likes of England's Joe Hart and Gareth Barry ahead of kick-off.

Simon Brodkin, who duped security at a Premier League match and limbered up alongside star players, has escaped prosecution. Credit: PA Wire

The qualified doctor, who has his own sketch show on BBC Three, was later charged with going on to the playing area, contrary to the Football Offences Act.

But at his court appearance today, Julian Peers, for the prosecution, invited District Judge Ian Lomax to take an "alternative course to prosecution".

The judge agreed to the charge being withdrawn and Brodkin was issued with a six-month conditional caution.

Raymond Shaw, defending, told the court that Brodkin wanted to apologise for the inconvenience he caused.

Footballer found 'wielding broomstick' in domestic incident

Francis Jeffers pictured in 2003 after scoring in his only ever appearance for England. Credit: PA

Former Everton and Arsenal striker Francis Jeffers has been bound over to keep the peace after a row with his father-in-law, a court heard today.

Jeffers, 31, was found by police wielding a broom stick when they responded to a 999 call on December 21 last year, Sefton Magistrates' Court heard.

Lorraine Barton, prosecuting, told the court that Jeffers, of Crosby, Liverpool, had recently separated from his wife Lucy, who he married in 2009.

She said: "Their marriage had broken down and an incident took place outside his flat."

"Officers attended. They found Mr Jeffers outside one of the flats with a broom stick," she added.

The court was told that the victim in the case was Albert Boden - the defendant's father-in-law and that he was found by police with "some injuries".

He was then charged with a section 4 public order offence of threatening behaviour.

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