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Everton Football Club has issued an appeal for calm in Liverpool and an immediate end to the disorder which has taken place in the last two days.

The Club have joined forces with local rivals Liverpool to condemn the behaviour that has occurred this week.

Blues manager David Moyes said: "There can be no justification for the shocking display of behaviour that has been witnessed throughout the city of Liverpool and the rest of the country over the past few days.
 
"The mindless actions by small groups of individuals cannot be condoned and along with the rest of the Merseyside community, everyone at Everton Football Club gives its full support to the police and local authorities in bringing an end to the troubles.
 
"As a result of recent events, football has already suffered and we need to ensure that this stops immediately so thousands of people up and down the country can enjoy one of the most anticipated weekends of the year - the start of the Premier League season."

Moyes' Anfield counterpart Kenny Dalglish added: "The city has made incredible progress over the past few years and no-one wants to see our restored reputation damaged by what we have witnessed over the last couple of days.  

"For everyone's sake let's stop this now and pull together for the benefit of the whole community."
  
High profile players from both clubs echoed the sentiments of their managers and called for unrest to stop.

Blues skipper Phil Neville said: "I, like the vast majority people, have watched the events in London, Manchester, Liverpool and across the country with a combination of disbelief and disgust over the last five days.
 
"But it's been heart-warming to see the response from the vast majority of upstanding, law-abiding citizens to the riots. In Liverpool and Manchester we have seen organised groups gathering to clean up and protect their communities.
 
"I have so much respect for the police in the work they have done in such difficult circumstances, particularly in the two cities closest to my heart - Liverpool and Manchester.

"They are great cities with so much to be proud of. The last few nights have been shocking. The actions of a minority of mindless criminals is appalling but, as ever, our communities have responded in a great way and I'm proud of the way the north-west has dealt with what has happened."

Liverpool-born Leighton Baines said he was upset by the activity which has blighted his city's reputation.

"As a proud Scouser it has been incredibly sad to see repeats of the London riots in areas of Liverpool," he said. "These acts of mindless violence and vandalism paint our great city in a very dark light and certainly don't reflect what an amazing place Liverpool is.
 
"I have a lot of respect for the work the police have been doing to keep communities safe and I sincerely hope we have seen the last of the trouble because the people of Liverpool deserve better."

Baines and teammte Phil Jagielka were set to play for England this week but the game against Holland was called off because of riots in London.

The Everton central defender said: "Everyone at Everton and inside the England camp has been absolutely appalled by the riots and the subsequent events that have unfolded in Liverpool and various parts of the country over the last few days. 

"Watching the footage on the news has been nothing short of unbelievable and those who have been misguided enough to get involved have shown a complete lack of respect for themselves and their own communities.

"The players at Everton do a lot of work in the local community through Everton in the Community and have seen first-hand how hard the people of Merseyside have been working to try and make a positive difference.  The events of this week simply do not help."

The views of Everton's senior players were aired alongside those of their Liverpool counterparts.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard requested troublemakers to stay in their homes.

"This is a city which has always stuck together in difficult times and supported each other," he said. "If there are people thinking of going out and causing problems, then please think again. The community doesn't want you behaving like this. We're proud of how Liverpool has been transformed and we shouldn't let the actions of a few have such an impact on the rest of the people who live here and care about the city."
 
Veteran defender Jamie Carragher added: "It's up to all of us to do what we can to help stop this type of criminal behaviour and get these people off the streets.  Everyone has worked so hard to turn the city around and we don't want this to overshadow what has been achieved. Please think of those being affected by these disturbances and put an end to this now." 

"We watched the worrying scenes from London and hoped it would not spread anywhere else," added the Reds' England defender Glen Johnson.

"As the situation appears to be calming in London, the minority of people who have let down our community in Liverpool must understand that this behaviour is unacceptable."

Councillor Joe Anderson, Liverpool City Council Leader, added: "It is very encouraging that both football clubs are taking this approach and I hope that the minority of young people in the city which have been involved in disorder  listen to what their heroes are saying and calm can be resorted as son as possible."

The Premier League issued a statement on Tuesday about this weekend's fixtures in London, with Everton set to face Spurs on White Hart Lane on Saturday.

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