Everton and Williams could face sanctions after melee during Lyon game

Everton and Williams could face sanctions after melee during Lyon game

Everton and Williams could face sanctions after melee during Lyon game

It even involved an Everton fan who tried to attack Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes after home captain Ashley Williams pushed the said opponent.

Everton welcomed French club Lyon to Merseyside in their Europa League Group E clash, with the home side desperately looking for a positive result after a poor run of form.

Ashley Williams looked to have earned his side a point with a thumping header that came just moments after the defender sparked a mass brawl between both sides, but nine minutes later, former Chelsea youngster Bertrand Traore found the back of the net with a backheeled effort which was aided by a deflection off Michael Keane.

Talking to BT Sport 2, Williams said, "It's what happens, it's football".

Yet retrospective action could be forthcoming from UEFA, for both Williams and the club, a possibility ex-Premier League referee Graham Poll deems likely. "It is what it is", said Williams after the game.

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As the fracas spilled off the pitch towards the advertising hoardings, a man holding a child reached over and appeared to slap Lopes, while other fans were seen grabbing at the visiting players.

He said: "He showed his face yesterday, he played well, hewas a captain on the pitch and of course in the situation of the brawl he needs to control himself".

It didn't get much better for Everton or their under-pressure manager in their Europa League tie. The Toffees found themselves a goal behind after just five minutes after Nabil Fekir coolly converted a penalty after full-back Fernando Marçal was clumsily taken out by Mason Holgate.

"I don't think it is part of the English atmosphere to hit an away player, but it was like this".

"I still believe in the players and the signings we did in the summer because maybe everybody can have some doubts about several of the signings".

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