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by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Everton's offensive behaviour text reporting service has been upgraded for the 2013/14 season.

For the first time the service will be available to fans following Everton away from home.

For a number of years supporters at Goodison have been able to report offensive behaviour anonymously via text message.

This season a new text number has been introduced for use both home and away.

Fans can text HELP to 60030 and the message will be sent directly to Everton's matchday safety team at Goodison.

For away matches, the messages will be delivered to the Blues' security team who can then liaise directly with thew opposition's stadium safety representatives and police officers who travel with away fans.

Everton's head of security Dave Lewis said: "Following feedback from supporters concerned about the behaviour of a small minority of travelling fans who are being abusive and using smoke bombs, we have extended this service.

"The actions of these so-called fans could bring the Club's name into disrepute and ultimately result in damaging sanctions being taken against us.

"I would urge anyone with any concerns over the behaviour of supporters to contact us straight away."

To use the service, text the word HELP, followed by the seat, row and block number of the offender and a description of their behaviour to 60030.

Messages are billed at the standard rate. Please note due to the stress placed on mobile networks at major events, sending a message doesn't guarantee immediate receipt by our security team.

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