Everton chief put in headlock after ‘threat to board’s safety’

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    Everton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale was reportedly ‘put in a headlock’ after leaving the Goodison Park directors’ box.

    Barrett-Baxendale, and the rest of the Toffees' board of directors, were told to stay away from Goodison Park, amid growing frustration and anger amongst the fan base. They were advised to avoid Frank Lampard's side's home clash against Southampton by the club's security team due to a 'real and credible' threat to their safety.

    Everton are currently languishing in 18th position in the Premier League. And reports understand the toxic atmosphere amongst the club has seen Barrett-Baxendale put in a headlock, while Everton chairman Bill Kenwright was reportedly spat at.

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    The Liverpool Echo understand these incidents are reportedly part of the reason why the Everton directors have been told to stay away from the ground. That advice was detailed in a statement the club released to their furious fan base.

    The club referenced ominous malicious communications and "increasing threats of anti-social behaviour – including targeted physical aggression towards their board of directors.

    A 'peaceful' sit-in protest is believed to be planned for their clash against fellow relegation battlers Southampton. Organisers of the protest have called for those taking part to be respectful and peaceful in their demonstrations against the club's board of directors.

    Chants of 'sack the board' have repeatedly been heard from the Everton faithful over the last few weeks. The NSNO_W campaign who has organised the protest condemned the purported threats that triggered that statement.

    They tweeted, "Everyone involved in our campaign and indeed every reasonable Evertonian utterly and completely condemn any threats to any Everton employee and/or officials and directors of the club."

    Everton's huge match against Southampton kicks off at 3pm.

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