Everton and England national team goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford could not keep his cool when an unknown person called him “little arms” when he was at a pub in East Boldon, South Tyneside, on Sunday evening, February 13, 2022.
According to eye witness reports, Jordan Pickford and his group of friends arrived at the pub around 9 PM to unwind. Immediately they got to the spot, some fans took pictures with him outside the pub.
He and his gang had not settled in before a voice in the crowd called him “little arms”. Immediately his friends heard the phrase, they swung into action and allegedly attacked the person that taunted him.
That resulted in a full-blown brawl which left a man with a broken nose and an individual who was trying to film the incident had his phone screen badly damaged.
Before the police arrived at the scene of the incident, Jordan Pickford and his friends had entered a mini-bus and zoomed off.
Everton Keeper Jordan Pickford getting into a fight outside a pub 😡pic.twitter.com/eoUosW61mi— Birdiefootball (@birdiefootball) February 15, 2022
At the time of publishing this report, no arrest has been made but the police have started investigating the incident. Also, reports claimed that the goalkeeper did not directly assault anyone during the altercation as the fight was mainly between his friends and the person who taunted the England’s first-choice goalkeeper.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “We received a report of a disturbance at the Beggar’s Bridge pub.
‘It was reported that a fight broke out between two groups of males inside the premises. An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.”
How Jordan Pickford found himself here
Before now, most people believe that Jordan Pickford is a hero of English football after helping the Three Lions of England to win a knockout match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup via penalties. He saved one of the spot-kicks that gave England their first penalties triumph at the World Cup.
He was also outstanding for England during the last European Championship (Euro 2020) when he helped England to get to the final of the tournament which they lost to Italy via penalties.
Despite being so loved as England’s national team goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford is always taunted by rivals of Everton over the seize of his arms and his height.
Critics of Pickford believe that the goalkeeper who is 1.85 meters tall is not tall enough to be a goalkeeper. They also believe that Pickford’s arms are smaller than usual, hence, they often compare him to Tyrannosaurus Rex.
On Tuesday, February 8, 2022, Everton visited St. James’ Park for a Premier League game which ended 3-1 in favor of Newcastle United.
During the game, a fan of Newcastle United wore an inflatable Tyrannosaurus Rex to taunt Pickford.
In the same vein, another Newcastle United fan was seen on the stand holding a T-Rex toy in such a way that the goalkeeper could see it.
To make matters worse for the goalkeeper, fans of Newcastle United allegedly sang: “He couldn’t touch the crossbar, he’s only got little arms”, in an attempt to make him uncomfortable during the Premier League game.
Despite the unpalatable encounter at St. James Park on February 8, coach Frank Lampard decided to start him in the league game against Leeds United. The taunting did not make any negative impact on him as he went on to record a clean sheet in the game that ended 3-0 in favor of Everton.