Merseyside Police have opened an investigation into a banner threatening former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez.
Benitez is expected to take over as manager of Premier League club Everton in the coming days despite his associations with former club Liverpool.
A banner was displayed near Benitez’s house in the Wirral, where his wife and children live. Police said the banner was not placed at Benitez’s home, but said, “We know where you live. Don’t sign, ”which is interpreted as a warning against the Spaniard to join Everton.
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The 61-year-old former Liverpool, Napoli, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss is an unpopular figure with some Everton supporters because of his association with Liverpool, but more particularly for the comments he made in 2007 when he called Everton a “little club”. “
Detective Inspector Darren Taylor said: “This message has naturally caused distress and concern to residents of the area. Due to the footballing language used, we suspect he was targeting Rafa Benítez – but whoever placed the post left him outside the wrong house.
“If anyone has any information on who produced the banner or helped set it up, please let us know as soon as possible.”
Everton are on the hunt for a new manager after Carlo Ancelotti’s surprise departure from Goodison Park to join Real Madrid.
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