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FA to investigate after coin thrown towards Chelsea’s Barkley at Goodison

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The FA has announced it is launching an investigation into the claims that a coin was thrown in the direction of former Everton player Ross Barkley during his return to Goodison Park with current club Chelsea.

The announcement confirmed that the FA has reached out to both clubs to make them aware of the investigation and procure any relevant information they may have regarding the incident.

Everton also announced it is conducting its own investigation of the incident at its home park. “We are investigating the alleged incident and reviewing footage,” Everton said in a statement. “If anyone is found responsible for this or other such incidents, the club will take robust action.”

Barkley transferred to Chelsea in January of 2018, and this was his first match back in his old stomping grounds. Everton won the match 2-0 to reach the 40 point mark and also pile pressure on Blues manager Maurizio Sarri.

The alleged coin assault came just two days after the FA, Premier League, and EFL issued a joint statement reminding “all supporters to carefully consider their behavior” at the weekend’s games and “all games in the future.” The statement came after a number of high-profile crowd disturbances, including a fan who ran onto the field and attacked Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, plus another pitch invader who shoved Manchester United defender Chris Smalling during a match against Arsenal.

Rooney on Everton winner: “It doesn’t get much better”

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Wayne Rooney‘s had a few matches back in Everton blue, but his Premier League return to Goodison Park was circled on his calendar.

It finished 1-0. Guess who scored.

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Netting the match-winner was a dreamlike moment for Rooney. Even a man with 199 Premier League goals is going to notice the combination of returning home, Opening Day, and a go-ahead goal.

And with a murderous run of fixtures ahead, the longtime Manchester United and England captain knows how much this can mean to the Toffees. From the BBC:

“On a personal level scoring the winning goal at Goodison Park is a special moment. It doesn’t get much better. To play for this club is a huge deal for me.”

“We’ve got some tough games coming up so it’s important we got off to a good start.”

Everton hosts Hajduk Split in the first leg of a Europa League playoff tie on Thursday, and then faces Man City, Chelsea, and Manchester United away, with a visit from Spurs for good measure.

Yep, these three points and that moment for Rooney may be invaluable for the season’s momentum.

Former Major League Baseball owners in $300 million talks with Everton

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Last year, American businessmen John Jay Moores and Charles Noell did their best to get a 30 percent stake in Swansea City.

That failed to materialize, and now the pair are close to a $300 million takeover of another Premier League club, one that would put the former San Diego Padres owners into a more substantial position with a top flight side.

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It’s Everton this time, with the Americans ready to spring into action on a club that’s seen USMNT stars Tim Howard and Landon Donovan don the Toffees’ shirt.

From The Telegraph:

Everton remain cautious about the eventual outcome while the US investors consider their options during a period of exclusivity but this is considered the most positive development yet since chairman Bill Kenwright said he was willing to sell his stake.

The article goes on to say that the massive investment could help Everton take the next step in upgrading or moving up from Goodison Park, and that present owner Bill Kenwight would likely stay in the picture to some degree.

Watch Live: Everton vs Newcastle (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Everton looks to finally translate its solid European form into Premier League success as they host a rejuvinated Newcastle at Goodison Park live online at 12:00pm ET on NBC Sports Live Extra.

The Toffees sit on their lowest Premier League point total ever at this stage in the season, and are still worried about the drop despite not being a favorite to go down. But they’ve been able to perform abroad, and return home after yet another win in European play midweek.

Romelu Lukaku starts up front after firing his team past Dynamo Kiev just days ago, and will be joined by Leighton Baines and Leon Osman in the lineup despite the pair struggling with injury problems. Missing out is Gareth Barry due to suspension, while John Stones can only make the bench due to his struggles with an illness.

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For Newcastle, owners of eight points from their last six, they will be without Papiss Cisse as he serves the first of his seven-game ban for spitting. Up front in his place is Emmanuel Riviere who starts for the third place game. Remy Cabella returns from injury and makes the bench, while Jack Colback slides back into the starting lineup. The Magpies fell to Manchester United last time out by a goal, but put in a good shift and could give Everton troubles.

LINEUPS:

Everton: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Alcaraz, Baines; McCarthy, Gibson, Osman; Lennon, Kone, Lukaku.
Bench: Joel, Naismith, Besic, Atsu, Barkley, Stones, Garbutt.

Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, R.Taylor; Colback, Sissoko; Obertan, Gouffran, Ameobi; Rivière.
Bench: Elliot, Anita, Perez, Gutierrez, Cabella, Armstrong, Satka.

Big changes coming to Merseyside stadiums

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Separated by less than a mile, Liverpool and Everton is one of the fiercest rivalries in English football. With their first match taking place in 1894, the Merseyside Derby may have a new look.

Liverpool’s proposal for an extension at Anfield has been recommended for approval by city council planners, a major step for the club moving forward. The new design calls for a three-tiered main stand, which will increase the stadiums capacity from 44,000 to 54,000.

If this expansion took place, Anfield would be the third largest Premier League stadium, only behind Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium. The plan has multiple phases that would eventually take total capacity to nearly 60,000.

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Goodison Park has been the home of Everton since 1892.

Across Stanley Park, Everton are planning to build a completely new stadium. Goodison Park, which has been Everton’s home since 1892, seats less than 40,000 and talks of a new stadium have been rumored for years. The club has identified Walton Hall Park as the location for a new stadium that would seat 50,000 fans, a huge upgrade for a club battling for a spot in European competition.

While some fans are upset that the club may move from the historic Goodison Park, the mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson believes a new stadium will be beneficial for the city.

 

“The park is probably one of the most underused in the city, we get complaints about anti-social behaviour and that it’s just used for dog fouling … and I think a proposal that enhances a park in that area and provides other facilities, better facilities, is a better opportunity for the city.

Liverpool are set to begin the expansion in late December or early January, and have stated that none of the club’s home matches will be affected by the construction. Everton is still in the planning stages, yet estimate the stadium will cost upwards of $320 million.