Everton supporters to use Man City vs Liverpool game to protest Premier League points deduction
Everton fan group The 1878s has revealed that a plane carrying a message protesting the Premier League points deduction decision will fly over the Etihad Stadium this weekend.
The protest in the sky will take place during the high-profile showdown between Manchester City and the Toffees’ fierce rivals Liverpool, which is scheduled to take place at 12:30pm on Saturday (21 November).
The 1878s has also announced that flags, banners and specially produced cards will be available for supporters to express their own discontent inside Goodison Park for Everton’s meeting with Manchester United the following day.
“We have had a lot of requests asking for a plane to be flown over Goodison on Sunday, with a message to the PL,” a post on the fan group’s Twitter page read [21 November].
“Due to our kick off time, it will be dark. So instead a plane will fly over The Etihad on Saturday for City v Liverpool which will be watched by millions around the world.
“Once the banner is made from the company we can release a picture of this.”
Bring it on
While it would have been nice to have the banner flying over Goodison Park during the match with Manchester United, which itself will be watched by millions, this seems like a great back-up plan.
After all, it provides a double protest of sorts spread across two days of Premier League action.
The game will be televised on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, and it may well be the host broadcaster does not show footage of the banner, depending on what it says.
However, there will be 53,000-plus fans inside the Etihad Stadium, as well as many others in situ outside the ground, to film it and post footage on social media to be shared around the world.
The home game with United will then give individual fans a chance to ramp up the protests, with enough cards being made for everyone in attendance to send a message to the Premier League.
As long as the protests do not cross the line in any way, this is the best possible way to send out a strong message.