Besic plays af­ter fa­ther’s shoot­ing

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

PRE­MIER LEAGUE: Mo Besic played in Ever­ton’s 2-0 loss at Chelsea yes­ter­day de­spite his fa­ther be­ing shot in his na­tive Bos­nia.

Re­ports in Bos­nia said Besic’s fa­ther had been shot in the leg and hand fol­low­ing a dis­pute and is in hos­pi­tal. The 24-year-old went on as a half-time sub­sti­tute at Stam­ford Bridge.

“I spoke to (Mo) Satur­day evening. He spoke to his fa­ther. I don’t like to talk more in de­tail,” said Ever­ton man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man.

“Af­ter af­ter the game he told me he will be in con­tact with his fam­ily. I don’t know re­ally what hap­pened, but what came out in the paper, that’s true.”

Koe­man as­sessed Besic’s will­ing­ness to be in­volved be­fore se­lect­ing him in the squad.

“I spoke to him and he said that he’s ready and he’s com­mit­ted,” the Ever­ton boss added. “Af­ter the game he will talk to the fam­ily, what he needs to do.”

Cesc Fabre­gas fired Chelsea in front af­ter 27 min­utes and Al­varo Mo­rata headed in a sec­ond be­fore half-time as they moved to within three points of lead­ers Manch­ester United.

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