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Police launch investigation into “threatening” banner aimed at Rafael Benitez

rafa benitez banner

Images of the threatening banner have been shared widely on social media.

Police in Liverpool have launched an investigation into a “threatening” banner that is believed to be aimed at Rafael Benitez, who is expected to take the job as Everton manager in the near future.

An image shared on social media showed a white sheet in the Wirral area with the words ‘We know where you live. Don’t sign.” This is believed to be a reference to Benitez taking the Everton job, after having managed their fiercest rivals, Liverpool, for six years.

Rafa Benitez banner

Banner targets Rafa Benitez.

Merseyside Police confirmed on Monday that the incident is being investigated.

The statement reads: “We can confirm police are investigating reports of a threatening banner at a location in Caldy today, Monday 28 June.

“At around 7 am, it was reported that a banner made from bedsheets had been placed over a wall and bushes on a residential driveway, with wording which is thought to target football manager Rafa Benitez.”

Rafa Benitez banner

Police investigating banner aimed at Benitez.

Police also confirmed that CCTV and witness enquiries are currently being carried out in the area to trace the persons responsible.

Speaking about the incident, Detective Inspector Darren Taylor said: “This message has understandably caused some distress and worry for residents in the area. Due to the football language used, we suspect that it was aimed at Rafa Benitez – but whoever placed the message left it outside the wrong house.

“If anyone has information about who produced the banner or helped to put it up, please let us know as soon as possible.”

Rafa Benitez banner

This comes as news broke that Benitez is set to be appointed as the new Everton manager in the next couple of days.

The former Liverpool boss has an excellent reputation among a lot of fans of the club, largely due to the incredible Champions League win and the work he has done around Hillsborough.

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