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Protest banner set to fly over Etihad Stadium ahead of Premier League showdown between Manchester City and Liverpool



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Everton fans are expected to fly a protest banner over the Etihad Stadium on Saturday lunchtime ahead of Manchester City’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.

It was confirmed last week that the Merseyside club had received an immediate 10-point deduction after being found to have breached the Premier League’s financial rules, after an independent commission found Everton’s losses to 2021/22 amounted to £124.5 million.

The punishment placed on the Goodison Park side is the biggest sporting sanction in the competition’s history and leaves Everton 19th in the Premier League table, with the club responding by stating that they were “both shocked and disappointed” and would appeal.

Everton fans themselves are looking to make a statement of their own, and Manchester City’s visit from Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday lunchtime is looking likely to be the location of the protest banner.

In a statement provided by Everton supporters group The 1878s on X (formerly Twitter), it has been confirmed that there are plans in place to protest against the punishments placed on the Goodison Park club by the Premier League ahead of Manchester City’s game this weekend.

The 1878s said, “We have had a lot of requests asking for a plane to be flown over Goodison Park on Sunday, with a message to the Premier League. Due to our kick off time, it will be dark.

“So instead a plane will fly over the Etihad Stadium on Saturday for Manchester City vs 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.”

Manchester City themselves are at the centre of uncertainty regarding alleged Premier League rule breaches, after the division announced in February of this year that the reigning champions had been charged with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules.

The Premier League referred City to an independent commission over the alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018, while the Etihad club were also accused at the time of not co-operating since the investigation first started in December 2018.

In response to the claims from the Premier League, Manchester City said in their own statement that they were “surprised” by the charges and feel as though they are supported by a “body of irrefutable evidence”.