The Mail on Sunday says Naismith bought and donated four season tickets to job centres in Liverpool to give out-of-work supporters a chance to watch Premier League football they couldn't otherwise afford. He makes a point of trying to meet his guests after the match and is genuinely interested in their stories.
"Footballers are aware of ticket prices," he says. "A lot come from working class backgrounds and their mates want to go to the games, especially the local boys. Their pals are fans and will be the first to tell them it's too dear to go.
"So I'd disagree footballers are distanced from the community. They know exactly what position we're in, how good it is and how we should appreciate it. All the players, including the foreign lads who won't know as much about Everton, go to different events and talk to the people who watch them every week.
"Players do realise but there's only so much they can do in terms of their own input. It's the league and the clubs who make the decisions and I'm sure they'll make the right decisions on the ticketing issue."
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