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Everton fans have been criticised after “embarrassing” and “pathetic” banners directing abuse at Rafael Benitez were hung outside Goodison Park.
Benitez, 61, is close to being appointed as Everton’s new manager after reports on Thursday confirmed he was the number one choice of the club’s board.
The Toffees have been without a boss since Carlo Ancelotti’s departure to Real Madrid earlier this month, but rumours linking ex-Liverpool chief Benitez with the position have not gone down well with fans.
Supporters have been voicing their opposition to the Spaniard’s appointment on social media, but some fans decided to take things a step further by unveiling a series of crude banners outside Goodison Park.
One read: “Rafa f*** off you fat kopite c***”.
Another said: “Benitez not welcome”.
The banners have produced condemnation on social media, with fans branding them “shameful” and “pathetic”.
One Twitter user wrote: “Over the top. No need for personal insults”.
Another said: “Sad really…rafa is class personified, a great manager and great person. Big Sam is available”.
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A third person added: “Pathetic. Get a f****** grip”.
Some Everton fans also voiced their displeasure at the offensive banners.
“Shameful and embarrassing if these are real. Many of our fans have the club / team they deserve”, was the view of one supporter.
While another added: “I'm embarrassed by the fact a fellow Evertonian has done that. Whatever your opinion please have some respect and voice it in the right way”.
Benitez is now the odds-on favourite to replace Ancelotti at Goodison Park, despite supporters’ protestations.
Former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is also in the running, but at the moment it seems an ex-Reds manager will fill the vacancy in the blue half of Merseyside.
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