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Everton's board have been told to stay away from their Premier League clash with Southampton on Saturday afternoon due to a "real and credible threat".
The club released a statement that read: "Everton’s Board of Directors have been instructed not to attend today’s Premier League fixture against Southampton because of a “real and credible threat to their safety and security.
"Chairman Bill Kenwright, CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Chief Finance & Strategy Officer Grant Ingles and Non-Executive Director Graeme Sharp have reluctantly accepted the outcome of the safety assessment carried out by security advisors.
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"The Board members received the instruction following malicious and unacceptably threatening correspondence received by the Club and increasing incidents of anti-social behaviour – including targeted physical aggression – at recent home matches."
A security & safety advisor added: "Following a thorough risk assessment, and in response to tangible threats received by the Club and intelligence we have gathered, the Club’s Board members have been told they must not attend today’s fixture."
While an Everton spokesman said: "This is an unprecedented decision for Everton Football Club – never before has our entire Board of Directors been ordered not to attend a match on safety grounds. It is a profoundly sad day for Everton and Evertonians."
Tensions have been high at Goodison Park in recent weeks – with fans lashing out at chairman Farhad Moshiri.
Moshiri has since hit back at fans via an open letter and then on talkSPORT, where he blasted fans for "pushing away" managers. And the comments have left the Toffees fans fuming on Twitter, with some concluding they're as good as down.
On the pitch, Everton find themselves in the relegation zone, and they have crucial six-pointer on Saturday against Southampton. However, the Saints are flying high having dumped Manchester City out of the Carabao Cup in the week.
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