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Everton CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale given a headache by a fan

Everton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale had a fan butt heads after a recent home game.

The Everton board will not attend their game against Southampton on Saturday due to a security threat.

The decision comes, according to an Everton source who was asked not to be named for their safety, after Barrett-Baxendale was also subjected to sexually aggressive comments and emails said they hoped she and her son would have cancer. His car was also surrounded after a recent game, with fans hammering to the side.

Chairman Bill Kenwright was also told he would not leave Liverpool alive in emails.

A security barrier was also thrown through the glass at Goodison Park after a game.

It is the first time the entire Everton board, who will be watching the game together from a distance, have been told not to attend a game in the club’s history.

A statement from Everton read: “Chairman Bill Kenwright, CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Chief Finance and Strategy Officer Grant Ingles and Non-Executive Director Graeme Sharp have reluctantly accepted the outcome of the security assessment. performed by security advisors.

“Board members have received the instruction following malicious and threatening correspondence received by the club and increased incidents of anti-social behavior – including targeted physical attacks – during recent matches at residence.”

An Everton safety and security adviser said: “Following a thorough risk assessment and in response to the tangible threats received by the club and the intelligence we have gathered, members of the club’s board have been informed that they should not attend today’s match.”

A club spokesperson added: “This is an unprecedented decision for Everton Football Club – never before have our entire board been told not to attend a game for any reason. This is a deeply sad day for Everton and Evertonians.

Fans planned a post-match sit-in due to Everton’s situation. They are 18th in the Premier League and have not won a competitive game since October 22.

The group behind the protest condemned the abuse directed at the board, writing: ‘Everyone involved in our campaign and indeed all reasonable Evertonians totally and completely condemn any threat to any employee of Everton and/or club officials and directors.”

Video on social media showed fireworks being set off outside the hotel in Southampton in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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