Drama as Everton fan 'slaps' Lyon star while holding child during Europa League melee

Drama as Everton fan 'slaps' Lyon star while holding child during Europa League melee

- Chaos engulfed the Europa league tie between Everton and Lyon at Goodison park

- Ashley Williams had clattered into the Lyon goalkeeper and it sparked unpleasant scenes

- An Everton fan with a baby was seen trying to throw a punch at Lyon players

English side Everton could face a heavy Uefa disciplinary action after a brawl between Ronald Koeman’s side and the Lyon players in Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League defeat against the French Ligue 1 giants.

The Merseyside outfit face a Uefa probe after the sickening scenes, involving players, and fans in a Europa League matchday three game.

The second-half brawl started when Toffees captain Ashley Williams' arm smash into Lopes’ stomach, sending him crashing into advertising boards.

A fan holding a child joins brawl involving Everton and Lyon players

A fan holding a child joins brawl involving Everton and Lyon players. Photo: Skysports

Players brawled in front of the crowd as fans in the stand, including the fan carrying a child dashed to get involved and started lashing out.

He twice hit Lopes in the face, while Williams threw punches and striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin grabbed defender Kenny Tete by the throat.

Even under-fire boss Ronald Koeman would not condemn Williams or his players.

He said: “There was a certain irritation in that moment by Ashley.

“He is a player who hates losing and cannot deal with a lot of disappointments.

“I think the mistake was also by the referee because they made a lot of theater and he did nothing. Fekir was on the floor diving ten times and did not even get a yellow card. That grew our irritation.”

The referee from Holland, Bas Nijhuis only booked Williams and Lyon’s Bertrand Traore for the fiasco.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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