This transfer saga is getting out of hand.
Chelsea’s long-term summer pursuit of John Stones and his subsequent transfer request have seen the youngster court abuse from some quarters of the Everton faithful.
The defender was included in the Toffees’ starting eleven at Barnsley on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup, where he was ridiculed after he was seen to skip over the ball to give away a goal.
After the game, one Everton fans recorded himself verbally abusing Stones as he exited the pitch. The England star was called a “rat” and told to “f*** off” among other obscenities.
— BIRKSEY (@Sickmick123) August 27, 2015
This type of incident is common enough in an emotionally charged stadium setting, but what occurred afterwards was worrying and totally unnecessary. In a second video, Everton fans were filmed apparently stalking John Stones and teammate Steven Naismith as they returned to their homes.
It’s also been insinuated that Stones apparently burst out crying at a service station when Everton fans asked him to clarify his future at Goodison Park. Naismith of Scotland told the fans that Stones wasn’t allowed to speak in public about his current situation.
Just seen Stones in the services there, everyone asking him whats happened and hes started crying. Madness.
— Jacob (@Jacob_1878) August 26, 2015
@PaulDaly90 yes and he wouldn’t answer. Started crying and walked away. Naismith then said he’s not aloud to say
— Jordan Ashcroft (@JordanEFC94) August 26, 2015
For his part, Everton boss Roberto Martinez had this to say.
“The situation with John is very clear. We care about him, will protect and give him everything we can to help him enjoy his football.”
“John, for a young man under enormous pressure, was terrific because it is wrong for the football authorities to allow the window to be open when there are important games going on.”
“We shouldn’t put our players under that pressure because it turns into a circus.”
“But John was just a real example of how to perform under massive, massive pressure and, for me, it was an exceptional display by him.”
The transfer window madness ends on September 1.