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Merseyside Police make statement on criminal damage at Goodison Park

Everton’s stadium had a photograph of chairman Bill Kenwright removed overnight on Friday as pressures mounts from fans for his resignation.

In the statement, Merseyside Police have said they have been made aware of the stolen panel and are conducting inquiries.

A spokesperson for the police said: “We are aware that a section of the ‘Everton timeline’ was stolen from Goodison Park at around 10:15pm on Friday 10 March, We are liaising with Everton Football Club to help identify anyone involved and our enquiries are ongoing.”

The panel was a part of a timeline that runs along the perimeter wall of the stadium. The image that has been stolen was located on the Goodison Road stand.

Everton have been liaising with Merseyside Police since the incident, with reports claiming that three individuals were spotted on CCTV removing the image of Kenwright ahead of the side’s win against Brentford.

The Toffee’s find themselves in the depths of a relegation battle for the second season in a row. The club have the fourth largest debt in the Premier League according to FIFA, but are in a far worse position than the teams above them.

Fans have been constantly disappointed, with their unrest seeing former manager Frank Lampard sacked in January with the former England international being replaced by Sean Dyche.

Earlier in the year it was reported that Everton CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale was put in a headlock outside the Goodison Park directors’ box after Everton’s 4-1 defeat to Brighton.

A march took place for supporters before the Brentford game calling for changes in how the club is run as Everton fights for Premier League survival.

On the day of the incident, campaign group NSNOW issued an open letter to non-executive director Graeme Sharp which called for him to use his influence to inspire change within the club.

Everton are yet to release an official statement on the incident.

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