‘Be a LEADER!’: Furious Everton fans confront Yerry Mina in the STREET and urge him to ‘show us a bit of heart’ after yet another defeat – with the Colombian vowing to ‘give my life’ for the crisis-hit club
- Everton’s Yerry Mina was confronted by furious fans outside Goodison Park
- The Toffees lost again in the Premier League, this time 2-1 to Southampton
- Mina vowed to ‘give my life’ for the club as fans asked him to ‘be a leader’
- Everton are 19th in the Premier League and protests took place after the game
Everton defender Yerry Mina was confronted by a group of furious Toffees supporters in the aftermath of his side’s latest defeat in the Premier League.
Everton lost 2-1 to bottom club Southampton at home and strong protests from fans followed, with supporters refusing to leave the ground after the game, with a hostile reception greeting the full time whistle.
Fans have called for the board to resign on a number of occasions, and some supporters have decided to speak to the players, with one in particular begging Mina to stay at the club if they are relegated this season.
Yerry Mina was confronted by angry Everton fans after the side’s defeat to Southampton
Mina was part of an Everton side that lost 2-1 to the Saints and sit 19th in the league table
And in a video posted on social media, Mina is seen addressing the group in a bid to listen to their concerns.
In which the audio is hard to make out among the shouts from other fans, a passionate supporter begs Mina: ‘If we go down, you stay. If we go to the Championship, you stay.’
It is unclear if the defender responded immediately, but he shook hands with the fan before being confronted by another, who informed the Colombian of his desire to meet with the board to discuss the situation.
Mina, who has formed a solid relationship with the fans, was asked to stay if the side are relegated this season
‘Show us a bit of heart, lad. Be a leader then, lad. Speak out’, the original supporter continued.
‘Respect lad. Show me that passion.’
Mina paused, before saying: ‘I will give my life for this club’ in response.
The fan again gave his support to the 28-year-old, saying: ‘Show them that you’re the man then lad. Be our captain, wear the armband’, before Mina responded: ‘I’m sorry for this’, in reference to Everton’s situation.
‘It’s not your fault’, was the response before Mina was escorted away by a police officer to a round of applause.
Videos have also surfaced of Toffees winger Anthony Gordon driving away from fans, who chase his car down the road.
He went onto apologise for the situation, before receiving a round of applause as he walked away from the crowd
Protests from Everton fans took place after the full time whistle at Goodison Park on Saturday
It comes after Everton’s Board of Directors didn’t attend Saturday’s game at Goodison Park after being advised against threats to their safety.
The unprecedented situation saw Chairman Bill Kenwright, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, the Chief Executive, Finance Director Grant Ingles and Graeme Sharp, one of the club’s greatest players, miss the encounter as a result.
It was also revealed on Saturday that Barrett-Baxendale’s car was attacked, and the club’s CEO was ‘physically manhandled’ by a fan after Everton’s most recent home match ended in a 4-1 defeat by Brighton, according to BBC Sport’s Juliette Ferrington. According to the Liverpool Echo, club sources claim this included being put in a headlock.
Everton face fellow strugglers West Ham next weekend in what already appears to be a huge game in the race for survival, before a game against league leaders Arsenal and the Merseyside derby.
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