EPL: FA Fines Everton $328,000 For July Pitch Invasion

The Football Association in England has fined Everton 300,000 pounds (328,000 dollars) for the pitch invasions which marred their English Premier League match against Crystal Palace.

Fans stormed the field at Goodison Park during the 3-2 win over the Eagles on May 19, which guaranteed their top-flight status last season.

The 84th-minute winner from Dominic Calvert-Lewin sparked a pitch invasion. A second occurred after the final whistle with Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira involved in an altercation with a supporter.

The FA had charged Everton in July over the incidents and revealed the punishment on Friday afternoon.

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“Everton FC has been fined 300,000 pounds for two breaches of FA Rule E20 which occurred during the 84th minute of its EPL fixture against Crystal Palace and following the final whistle,” an FA spokesperson said.

“Everton FC admitted failing to ensure that its spectators —- and all persons purporting to be its supporters or followers —- conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from using threatening and violent behaviour whilst encroaching onto the pitch area.

“An independent regulatory commission subsequently imposed these sanctions, which remain subject to appeal, and the written reasons for its decisions will be published in due course.”