Everton fans invade pitch after Dominic Calvert-Lewin's late winner
Everton fans invade pitch at Goodison Park after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s late winner AND following full-time – with the Toffees now safe from relegation after 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace
- REPORT: Everton beat Crystal Palace 3-2 after stirring second-half comeback
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored with five minutes to go, which cued bedlam
- Fans stormed the pitch and had to be cleared with there still time left to play
- Flares were let off and after full-time, hundreds of supporters again descended on the pitch at Goodison Park
Everton supporters could not contain their emotions as numerous fans invaded the pitch following Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s winner against Crystal Palace on Thursday night.
Frank Lampard’s side were all at sea as Palace stormed into a 2-0 lead in the first-half, but a stirring second-half comeback means the Toffees are safe and will be playing in the Premier League next season.
And after Calvert-Lewin’s winner five minutes from time, fans invaded the pitch at Goodison Park, let off flares and stormed the field of play in their hundreds once again following the full-time whistle.
Everton supporters could not contain their emotions as hundreds of fans invaded the pitch
Supporters had to be cleared from the field of play in order for the match to continue
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s late winner assured Everton of their Premier League spot next season
With fans on the field after Calvert-Lewin’s goal, they had to be cleared from the pitch in order for the game to finish.
The incident follows a number of pitch invasions this week, including one at Nottingham Forest when Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp was head-butted by a Forest fan.
Robert Biggs, 30, was on Thursday jailed 24 weeks and banned from stands for 10 years.
The PFA released a statement afterwards, saying: ‘We are shocked and appalled by the senseless assault by a fan on Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp.
‘The football pitch is a place of work for our members, this is one of a growing number of incidents this season…
‘Matchday security and fan disorder needs to be reviewed ahead of next season, and we will be raising player safety with the clubs, leagues and the UK Football Policing Unit. There is no place in football for this behaviour.
Then, following the full-time whistle, fans invaded the pitch in their hundreds once more
Frank Lampard celebrates at the full-time whistle, when fans then ran onto the outfield
It comes 48 hours after Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp was attacked by a Nottingham Forest fan
‘We recognise that stewards and the police have a very difficult job, a suspect has been arrested, and Nottingham Forest have confirmed the offender will be banned for life.
‘Finally, our thoughts are with Billy and we hope he recovers quickly.’
Northampton fans also invaded the pitch after losing their League Two play-off semi-final to Mansfield, with a flare thrown at Mansfield players in disgraceful scenes in the Football League.
Meanwhile, Everton’s comeback win means they are four points ahead of both Burnley and Leeds with one match to play.
Northampton fans reportedly threw a flare towards Mansfield players after their playoff defeat
Two home fans broke onto the pitch at Sixfields after Mansfield got the better of their side
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