Fans can go bananas!

Latics fans dressed as bananas at last year's Boxing Day fixture at Old Trafford
Latics fans dressed as bananas at last year's Boxing Day fixture at Old Trafford

LATICS fans have avoided a potential banana skin while planning their fancy dress costumes for the Boxing Day clash at Everton.

Speculation has been rife this week on fan forums and message boards that supporters dressed in banana costumes would not be allowed to enter Goodison Park.

But a spokesman for the Toffees told the Evening Post that fans would be permitted to wear fancy dress costumes to the fixture as long as they did not pose a risk to health and safety.

It is a tradition for Wigan’s travelling support to wear fancy dress to Boxing Day fixtures and banana costumes have become increasingly popular in recent years.

Fans had become concerned that these particular outfits would be banned from the ground because of their potentially racist connotations.

However, the spokesman said: “Everton has not banned any forms of fancy dress. We have allowed visiting supporters to wear costumes previously and have no issue as long as there is no impact on the safety of other supporters attending the match.

“Certain circumstances may cause our stewards to intervene, such as if supporters have costumes that include hand held items that could be used as weapons.

“Or if the costume is too large and cumbersome and could obstruct the view of other supporters or could cause a problem in the unlikely event that the ground needs to be evacuated.

“As long as supporters are well behaved and do not use foul and abusive language they will be allowed into the seating areas, as they would for any other game.”

Latics are expected to take a travelling contingent of around 1,500, including the “banana army”, to the crucial Premier League match with David Moyes’ high-flying blues side.

A statement on the Wigan Athletic website also allayed fans’ concerns about the banana drama.

It read: “Contrary to rumours circulating this week, the club can confirm that Athletic supporters will not be prevented from wearing costumes, including the now traditional banana suits.”