Northumbria Police are investigating a scuffle involving Pickford in Sunderland city centre in the early hours of Monday morning. Social media footage shows punches were thrown, but it is unclear who by.
Pickford had been out with his partner, Megan Davison, and faced some taunts from people in the pub. But it was when the abuse turned on his partner that he reacted.
News has been told there was some particularly hateful, personal comments directed at Davison, which angered Pickford.
As a result, Everton's hierarchy feels there are mitigating circumstances to his behaviour, and so they are reluctant to sanction him too heavily.
But the 25-year-old will be warned about his future conduct, reminded of his responsibilities, and told he needs to make better decisions about when and where he enjoys a night out.