An Everton supporter was branded ‘an absolute disgrace’ by club legend Peter Reid after throwing a bottle at Jurgen Klopp during the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
The bottle came from behind the dugout in the main stand and narrowly missed the Liverpool manager during the 0-0 draw on Saturday lunchtime.
As a result, the stadium announced said that CCTV was being reviewed with the guilty supporter to be arrested.
The incident came midway through the second half when the Toffees looked to have taken the lead against their arch-rivals as Demarai Gray’s looped cross found Neal Maupay in the box.
The ex-Brighton striker aimed for goal with Conor Coady putting the ball away at the back post, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside after a lengthy VAR stoppage.
While one supporter threw a bottle at the Liverpool boss, another fan ran from the Gwladys Street End to confront referee, Anthony Taylor.
It was the last in a number of high-octane incidents, with Everton fans welcoming their team bus in a cloud of blue smoke while Liverpool fans were stopped from entering Goodison Park at the start of the match.
With the temperature at Goodison Park reaching boiling point, ex-Everton star Reid slammed the supporter responsible for throwing the bottle.
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He told talkSPORT’s Gameday Live: “There’s no need for that. We don’t want that.
“Whatever happens in a football match, there is no way that behaviour should ever be condoned.
“It’s an absolute disgrace. We’re all better than that.
“This is a hard-fought game, a fierce rivalry, but that is an absolute embarrassment to our football club.”
When asked about the incident after the game, Klopp offered more detail.
He told talkSPORT: “I think it hit, I’m not sure, for the fourth official, we were pretty surprised it was an proper bottle.
“Some idiot had an idea but what can I say. Nobody knows who it was I think.
“But when I look back the people made sure I understand that it was not as bad as it looked.”
Everton said they had identified the individual who had thrown the bottle, and that they – as well as the pitch invader – would face an indefinite ban from Goodison Park. Both incidents are also being looked at by the Football Association.
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