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“We know where you live”: police investigate “threatening” banner near Rafael Benitez’s home | UK News

Police are investigating a “threatening” banner apparently aimed at Rafael Benitez and hanging near the Spaniard’s home in Merseyside.

An image shared on social media showed a blank sheet with the words “We know where you live. Don’t sign ‘- referring to the possible appointment of Benitez as Everton’s new boss.

There has been considerable opposition among some Everton supporters at the possibility of Benitez becoming Carlo Ancelotti’s successor at Goodison Park.

The banner was reportedly hung on a garden wall in the home village of former Liverpool manager Caldy – but police say it was left outside the wrong property.

The 61-year-old won the Champions League and FA Cup with Liverpool in 2005 and 2006.

As Liverpool boss, he angered Everton fans even more with his “little club” jibe following a 2007 Merseyside derby, although Benitez has since said he was referring to the Toffees’ mentality in the game.

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

“At around 7 a.m., it was reported that a banner made of bed sheets had been placed on a wall and bushes in a residential driveway, with wording allegedly aimed at football manager Rafa Benitez.”

Offensive banners have already been left near Goodison Park Stadium in Everton.

“This message naturally caused distress and concern to residents of the area,” Detective Inspector Darren Taylor said.

“Due to the footballing language used, we suspect he was targeting Rafa Benitez – but whoever placed the message left him outside the wrong house.


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This notice was published: 2021-06-28 15:07:00

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