Referee Ivan Kruzliak had to lead both sets of players off the Goodison Park pitch after ugly scenes broke out in the Europa League fixture
EVERTON’S Europa League clash with Hajduk Split was delayed by four minutes as away fans hurled bottles at home supporters, ripped out seats and invaded the pitch.
Shocking footage even shows one particularly rowdy fan swing a PUNCH at a Goodison Park steward.
Referee Ivan Kruzliak had to lead both sets of players into the Goodison Park dugouts after chaos broke out among the travelling Croatian support in the 32nd minute.
Seats were torn out and missiles – including bottles – were launched at home fans and onto the pitch.
The unruly travelling support also kicked down advertising boards and some streamed onto the field.
As the ref escorted the Everton stars off the pitch, Hadjuk players approached their disruptive following to appeal for calm.
Police and Everton security surrounded the away end in a desperate bid to restore peace.
After four minutes, the referee deemed it safe to resume play again.
The Toffees were one goal up before the ugly scenes began, with Michael Keane heading in Leighton Baines’ 30th-minute cross to record his first goal for the club.
Idrissa Gueye slotted home the second just before half time to leave Everton in the driving seat of the Europa League tie.
Ronald Koeman takes his Toffees side to Hajduk’s Stadion Poljud on August 24 for the second leg of the playoff tie.
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