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Ross Barkley: Everton and FA investigate after object thrown towards midfielder

Everton and the Football Association are investigating after an object was thrown towards former Toffees player Ross Barkley during the Premier League win over Chelsea on Sunday.

The incident occurred in the seventh minute as Chelsea took a corner in front of Goodison Parks Gwladys Street End but the item did not hit anyone.

Chelsea are currently sixth in the Premier League table, three points off Arsenal in the final Champions League spot, but they could find a way into European footballs biggest competition next season by winning the Europa League.

Everton told BBC Sport in a statement: “We are investigating the alleged incident and reviewing footage. If anyone is found responsible for this or other such incidents, the club will take robust action.”

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The incident came two days after the FA, the Premier League and EFL issued a joint statement on Friday asking supporters “to carefully consider their behaviour, not only at this weekends Premier League, EFL and FA Cup matches, but at all games in the future”.

The advice was issued after three incidents the previous weekend when Aston Villas Jack Grealish was attacked by a Birmingham City fan, while Manchester Uniteds Chris Smalling and Rangers skipper James Tavernier were also confronted by spectators.

Last season City could only pick up a 0-0 draw with Palace when the sides met in the 2017/18 campaign, so while Manchester City have neighbours Manchester United to play this could be the toughest remaining game they have.  Furthermore, this match is sandwiched in between their two Champions League quarter-final matches with Tottenham Hotspur, so Guardiola will need to juggle his squad to maintain high performance.

Everton won 2-0 thanks to goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson, after which Barkley was taunted by fans chanting “Barkley, Barkley, whats the score?”.

His ability on the ball, movement off it, and his passion for doing his best for the club has kept him a regular spot in my Three Stars pieces. After the previous week, where he linked up well with Lucas Digne, I was looking forward to seeing that again, but it seemed like the defender was asked to be more cautious on the overlap, with Chelseas ability to counter with pace.

The Football Association and Everton are investigating after an object was thrown towards Ross Barkley during Chelseas game against the Merseyside club on Sunday.

Former Everton player Barkley was making his first appearance back at Goodison Park since leaving for Chelsea last year.

At this moment, the only in-form team out of the four appears to be Arsenal, and as long as Spurs can at least match the Gunners results over the next few weeks, they should be able to qualify for the Champions League for another season.

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