A fan who tried to punch a player during Everton’s loss to Lyon in the Europa League has blamed the Merseyside club for allowing the incident to happen.
Players from both sides clashed next to the advertisement hoardings as tempers threatened to spill over into the stands as the Toffees lost 2-1.
One fan holding a child was seen attempting to punch a Lyon player and has now been banned for life from Goodison Park.
The unnamed man admits he is “ashamed” of his actions but is adamant there should have been better measures in place to avoid him reaching the pitch.
The matter is being investigated by the Merseyside Police and a 30-year-old man is known to have voluntarily handed himself in for questioning.
In an interview with the Sunday People, the man who hit Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes on the face said: “I was out of the police station inside half an hour with my solicitor. But I’m ashamed of what I’ve done. I already know. I’m not a f****** d***head.”
And he also thinks the players have to take reponsibility for the melee last week.
“They’re supposed to be setting an example, as professional athletes,” he said of the players.
“I put myself and my son in a dangerous position by taking my eye off the ball and getting carried forward with other fans. Before I knew it I was through the gate, which should have been shut. Everton should have provided adequate security.
“It was not intentional but I’d been too concentrated on screaming abuse at the players for being s***.
“I knew I’d put myself in that dangerous position. It was not intentional but I’d been too concentrated on screaming abuse at the players for being s***.
“And before I knew it I was led down there – then it was like, ‘F****** hell, what’s going on?’ and it looks the way it looks.”