Everton board ordered not to attend match due to ‘unprecedented’ safety threat

Everton’s board of directors will not attend their Premier League game against Southampton due to a “real and credible threat to their safety and security”. Fans are understood to be planning a protest at Goodison Park in the wake of last week’s embarrassing 4-1 home defeat to Brighton. The club said chairman Bill Kenwright, chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale, chief finance and strategy officer Grant Ingles and non-executive director Graeme Sharp will “reluctantly” stay away on the advice of security advisors.