The Toffees have released a statement confirming an arrest has been made after former Everton player Lucas Digne was hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd, as was Matty Cash
The incident happened after Emi Buendia put the visitors ahead after Digne’s corner, Villa’s players were huddled together to celebrate when both players collided and fell to the field due to injuries.
Digne in particular was the subject of hostility from house loyalists because he was a Everton most recently 10 days before moving to Villa Park.
Several plastic bottles were thrown towards the Villa players and while most missed, one hit Digne and Cash in the head.
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After the match, Cash addressed the matter, declaring: “It was crazy, it also hit me right in the head.
“It’s not fun to have that – but three points, we’ll take that.”
As the game progresses, Everton confirmed they are working closely with police to try and determine who threw the bottle.
As soon as the second half begins, a public announcement can be played over Goodison Park’s loudspeakers urging fans not to throw anything on the pitch and insisting they will be banned and arrested if they do.
Everton have since confirmed an arrest was made after identifying the fan in question using CCTV footage.
A statement from the Toffees read: “Police arrested a fan at Goodison Park for throwing a rocket onto the pitch today. Premier League match against Aston Villa.
“Everton security staff and Merseyside Police identify supporters using CCTV footage.
“Several objects were hurled towards the pitch after Aston Villa’s goal late in the first half, with a missile appearing to hit two opposing players.
“Investigations in conjunction with police are underway and the Club will issue a restraining order against any fan identified with a thrower.”
Everton are currently being coached by a former striker in the form of Duncan Ferguson, but another has condemned the actions of the fans after the game.
Ex-Toffees forward James McFadden told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s disgusting to see things being thrown from the crowd, it’s a disgrace. It should never happen.
“There is no such thing as a player being hit by a bottle or object from the crowd.”
Former England international Jermaine Jenas told BT Sport: “We need to stamp it out now. We need punishment.”
Everton lost the game 1-0 to ensure their miserable streak of just one win since early December continues.