Sunday, September 26

Police probe anti-Benitez banner ahead of reported Everton deal

A white sheet with the words ‘We know where you live. Don’t sign’ was hung over a garden wall in the Wirral village of Caldy, where Benitez has retained a house since his spell with Liverpool.

Police are investigating a banner warning Rafael Benitez not to take over as Everton boss after the “threatening” protest sign was left near the former Liverpool manager’s home.

A white sheet with the words ‘We know where you live. Don’t sign’ was hung over a garden wall in the Wirral village of Caldy, where Benitez has retained a house since his spell with Liverpool.

The banner referred to Benitez’s reported impending appointment as Everton manager, a move which has not gone down well with fans who remember his criticism of the Toffees during his time at Anfield.

“We can confirm police are investigating reports of a threatening banner at a location in Caldy today, Monday 28 June,” a statement from Merseyside Police said on Monday.

“At around 7am, it was reported that a banner made from bed sheets had been placed over a wall and bushes on a residential driveway, with wording which is thought to target football manager Rafa Benitez.”

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