EVERTON FC has apologised after one of its players was seen dropping litter.
It happened as the team boarded their coach outside the Radisson Hotel, Durham City, where they had been staying before the game at the Stadium of Light.
The littering was witnessed by the Sunderland Echo’s Durham reporter Rob Freeth.
“I was walking along the riverside path opposite the hotel when I saw the Everton squad board the coach,” he said.
“As one of the players got on, he threw what turned out to be his plastic hotel key card at other Everton staff who were standing nearby.
“It missed them and landed a few metres from me.
“I left it for a short while, thinking someone would pick it up, but no one did.”
Rob picked up the card and handed it back.
“One of the Everton party took the card and boarded the bus,” he said.
“Another member of the party seemed to take exception to being told not to drop litter.”
A spokesman for Everton said: “We pride ourselves on being a friendly and responsible club.
“Things like this are just not what Everton football club is all about.
“We would like to apologise to anyone who may have been offended by anything that happened outside the team coach.
“The playing staff will be reminded of their social responsibilities, particularly when they are away from Merseyside.”