‘To hell with Bill Kenwright and Farhad Moshiri too’ – Everton fans aim protest banners at hierarchy present at West Ham loss

    Everton fans displayed protest banners while Bill Kenwright and Farhad Moshiri were in attendance for their relegation six-pointer with West Ham.

    ‘To hell with Kenwright and Moshiri too’ read one of the displays held up by Toffees fans at the London Stadium, as they continued to show their discontent towards the running of their club.

    Everton fans lifted banners displaying their discontent with the current running of their club

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    Everton fans lifted banners displaying their discontent with the current running of their club

    Moshiri (right) was present at the London Stadium on Saturday

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    Moshiri (right) was present at the London Stadium on Saturday

    Both West Ham and Everton were desperate for all three points on Saturday afternoon with them both sitting in the Premier League drop zone at the start of the day.

    But it was the Toffees that made their discontent for the running of their club and their poor season known, as they suffered a 2-0 defeat following two first halfgoals from Jarrod Bowen.

    “A board full of liars,” one large sign read as the sides walked out onto the pitch, while another said ‘our club, not yours’.

    Everton’s protests come after boos rang round Goodison Park following the full-time whistle in their 2-1 loss to Southampton last Saturday.

    Many fans stayed for around 45 minutes to hold a pre-planned protest against the club’s hierarchy.

    Stewards and police could be seen around the pitch, with many supporters still in their seats even minutes after the full-time whistle.

    There were a number of banners in the away end

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    There were a number of banners in the away end

    ‘A board full of liars’ one banner read

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    ‘A board full of liars’ one banner read

    Footage on social media after the game also showed supporters confronting players on their way out of Goodison Park, rounding off what was a miserable day in the club’s history.

    The Toffees board were advised not to attend the fixture against the Saints to stay away from Goodison Park ‘on safety grounds’ for Premier League clash against Southampton after ‘malicious and threatening’ messages and rise of ‘aggressive behaviour’ from fans.

    Club sources also claim Everton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale was ‘put in a headlock’ by a man as she left the Goodison Park directors’ box at a previous game.

    As a result, Her Game Too – an anti-sexism campaign in football partnered with the Toffees, as well as 64 other football clubs across the 92 – received a number of reports of concerns for safety.

    Her Game Too received a number of complaints after the alleged Barrett-Baxendale incident

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    Her Game Too received a number of complaints after the alleged Barrett-Baxendale incident

    In response, the campaign – who has an Everton fan on board as an ambassador – said in a statement: “The club has provided us with the appropriate reassurance and reaffirmed that the safety and security of all supporters and staff remains a priority.

    “Her Game Too is confident that the club has robust procedures and reporting processes in place.”

    The group behind the protest condemned the abuse directed at the board, too, writing: “Everyone involved in our campaign and indeed every reasonable Evertonian utterly and completely condemn any threats to any Everton employee and/or officials and directors of the club.”

    The Toffees loss at the London Stadium keeps them 19th in the league, two points off safety and without a win in 10 games in all competitions.

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