Sylvain Distin stands up to critical supporters

There is no doubting the disappointment felt by everyone associated with Everton after the Blues failed to capitalise on their on the ball supremacy to punish Crystal Palace. The nil-nil draw, the fourth of the season, lifted the Blues to fifth in the table, but the start of the season is rapidly becoming another tale of what might have been.

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One player who rose above the parapet and approached the disgruntled travelling support after the game was Sylvain Distin. The Frenchman is always open to dialogue with the Blue supporters and forcibly made his point known to a small section of the Everton away following. His passion and commitment to the football club is unquestionable and his bravery is commendable. The only disappointment for me is the high number of Evertonians who have taken to twitter to criticise Distin after the game.

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Those conversation have continued throughout the evening with Distin engaging with a number of supporters to explain his views. Distin certainly didn’t need to get involved, he was not one of the guilty party of Everton players who failed to turn up to the game with a match winning attitude. Indeed he should be commended along with the rest of the back four for completing a sixth clean sheet in just eleven Premier League games. Remember, this was an Everton team destined to concede a hatful of goals under the management of Roberto Martinez!!!

The debate even raged between Distin and veteran Echo reporter Dave Prentice. Both parties appeared to publicly exchange angry words across Twitter, with Distin reacting angrily to Prentice’s criticism.

In a world where football supporters are hungry for dialogue with their heroes, should we be forcing them off social networking platforms through unfair criticism and unsavoury abuse?

Were you at Selhurst Park on Saturday? What was said between Distin and the agitated Evertonians? Should Distin be criticised or commended for speaking his mind?

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