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Ashley Williams and Everton could be sanctioned by UEFA following Lyon melee

Wales international Ashley Williams and Everton could both be sanctioned by UEFA after a brawl instigated by the Welshman saw a fan holding a child appear to aim a punch at a Lyon player.

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Toffees skipper Williams' shove on Lyon's goalkeeper after the hour mark sparked heated confrontations between several Everton and Lyon players in front of the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End.

A supporter holding a child in one arm also appeared to push Lopes in the head and seemed to aim a punch in the direction of the keeper.

Merseyside Police announced they are to investigate the crowd trouble at Goodison Park.

An incensed Williams seemed to raise his hand to Lucas Tousart's face but only received a yellow card, along with Lyon striker Bertrand Traore for the incident.

Williams later went on to score, cancelling out Nabil Fekir's penalty but Traore's 75th-minute-winner earned Lyon a 2-1 success.

It's what happens, it's football.

It is what it is.

It's high emotions. We want to win the game, they want to win the game and stuff happens.

This was just one of those times.

– Ashley Williams, speaking to BT Sport 2 after the incident

Everton boss Ronald Koeman said Williams needs to "control himself".

"By frustration you get maybe more aggression, and that's not bad - but you need to control yourself," the Dutchman said at his press conference on Friday afternoon.

I understand his situation of yesterday, his personal situation. It was difficult after missing out on the World Cup with Wales, and he had made some mistakes that cost a goal.

I like that mentality - he showed his face yesterday, he played well, he was the captain on the pitch.

Of course, in the situation of the brawl he needs to control himself.

But, okay, on one side I understand frustration, disappointment, because everybody was disappointed.

– Ronald Koeman, Everton manager