A fundraising campaign launched by Everton fan group County Road Bobblers culminated in the unveiling of a banner showing solidarity with Moise Kean at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Italy international Kean joined Everton from Juventus in August and supporters duly resolved to make the striker feel at home after he suffered racist abuse playing in Serie A last season.
The banner, unfurled in Goodison Park’s Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End shortly before Everton kicked off against Manchester City, featured an image of Kean and the words No Al Razzismo (No to Racism).
“It is a really important message and I want to say thank you to the fans,” said Kean.
Everton’s clash with City represented the Club’s designated annual Kick It Out fixture.
The equality and inclusion organisation’s head of partnerships Keeley Baptista told evertontv: “It is fantastic fans are showing their own initiative… because they want to show support to Moise Kean and… that racism will not be tolerated.
“This is not only a welcome to Moise Kean. It is, ‘Welcome, and what you have suffered elsewhere, you will not suffer here’.”
County Road Bobblers member Dave Wycherley added: “Moise has joined the People’s Club. He is part of our family now and the message was clear: we will stand shoulder to shoulder against racism.
Click on the video above to see how the County Road Bobblers and Everton delivered a very important message.