Everton boss Marco Silva reveals what Jordan Pickford has done since Sunderland bar brawl | Football | Sport


Pickford travelled to Sunderland after the Toffees’ win at West Ham on Saturday night to watch his hometown club in the Checkatrade Trophy final alongside his pals.

Events turned sour the following evening, however, when Pickford responded to abuse of his fiancee and constant sledging by engaging in a scuffle which was videoed and shared on social media.

The England No 1 was not bound to return to Everton until Tuesday morning, but upon doing so dealt with the situation instantly.

“It was easy for him to come in the first moment, he came to Finch Farm this week he comes straight to speak with the persons he thinks it is important to speak with,” said Silva, who refused to disclose the exact nature of the conversation.

“And to say… if you want to use these words [that he ‘apologised’] – why not?

“We have a disciplinary process inside the club, not just for Jordan but for all the players and they know what the rules are.

“Everything was clear to them from the first moment they join our club. And everything was so easy [to decide] then.”

Pickford will start in goal for Sunday’s welcoming of Arsenal, so has not been suspended, but it is understood the 25-year-old was fined.

Despite the provocation Pickford received, Silva expressed his disappointment in the situation, saying: “If you ask me as a manager, and for us as a club, we are not happy with what has happened.

“Football players have duties but obligations as well. It is clear to them what the obligations of a football player are.

“It is a matter for us to remind him and everything what we must do we already did.

“When I say to you it is something internal is something to remain inside, it is not important to use the words if he is disciplined or if he apologised.

“But ok you can expect everything that he said, because he is a professional player and he can accept everything that has happened.

“He is achieving in his career because he deserved because he has shown his quality also, but when you are a football player for me it is so easy, you have duties, you have obligations. That’s it.”

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