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Lyon fans cheer on their team during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Everton and Lyon at Goodison Park, Liverpool, on October 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF

British police said on Friday they were investigating the crowd disturbance at the previous day’s Europa League game at Goodison Park, in which an Everton fan holding a child appeared to hit a Lyon player.

Thursday’s ugly scenes erupted after Ashley Williams broke into Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes midway through the second half of the team’s 2-1 away win.

“Merseyside Police can confirm officers are investigating a disturbance on the pitch during a football match between Everton and Lyon at Goodison Park last night, Thursday October 19,” they said in a statement .

“Detectives will examine the footage and speak to witnesses to establish what offenses, if any, have been committed. “

Everton said they have identified one of the supporters involved in the unrest and that that individual will be banned from Goodison Park, although it is not immediately clear if it was the fan holding the child.

Both clubs are also set to face disciplinary proceedings from UEFA’s European governing body following the scrimmage.

Players on both sides joined in the scuffle, which moved to the billboards, where a Toffees fan, holding a child, appeared to push Lopes in the head before punching him again.

As this was happening, Williams seemed to put a hand up to Lucas Tousart’s face. However, he avoided dismissal with Everton captain and Lyon match winner Bertrand Traoré being reserved.

“This is what is happening, this is football. It is what it is, ”Williams said after the game. “These are strong emotions. We want to win the game, they want to win the game and everything is going. It was just one of those moments.

Toffees manager Ronald Koeman slammed referee Bas Nijhuis for letting his players lose their temper in a loss that leaves Everton facing elimination from the Europa League after just one point in three matches.

“I think the irritation is growing in the game for our players and in my opinion that was the referee’s problem,” Koeman said.

“The referee was Dutch but he did nothing against the theater of some Lyon players. (Nabil) Fekir in the first half dived 10 times. I understand with my players, it comes from frustration.

It compounded another miserable night for Everton and Koeman, who are under increasing pressure with their side having won just two of their previous 12 matches.

“I think the performance was below level in the first half – a lot of mistakes, a lot of doubts, players without any confidence,” said the Dutch coach.


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