By Keith Hackett

14th Jun, 2022 | 12:58pm

Ex-Uefa official: Everton to invest significantly in key staff after Premier League news

Everton and the rest of the Premier League need to invest in more stewards with better training to combat the worrying rise of pitch invasions.

That is the view of ex-Uefa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the issue after the Premier League agreed on new measures.

Football.London reported last week (10 June) that clubs unanimously agreed for away teams to provide additional stewards for matches on the road.

It comes after a number of incidents towards the end of the 2021-22 season, most notably at Goodison Park when Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira was involved in an altercation with an Everton fan last month (19 May).

Sky Sports reported last week (6 June) that Merseyside Police had dropped their investigation into the pitch invasion after the win over Palace.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was also attacked by a Man City fan when they sealed the Premier League title just a few days later (22 May).

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“This is a manpower issue, very clearly,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“This is why they are taking the stewards from one club to another. That could be one area to consider.

“I think it may be that they go back to increasing the numbers within their own club then bringing in some others for extra effort.

“This is about training and education and prevention. It’s not an easy situation.

“You could see it was going to happen. It wasn’t an end-of-season thing, it was a trend that was growing and has to be dealt with.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has issued a £183million Everton reveal after a ‘PR stunt’.