Everton Sends Message Of Support To China

Everton Football Club has sent a message of support to the people of China, particularly those in Wuhan, the city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak.

The message, shown above, was displayed on perimeter boards around the Goodison Park pitch during Saturday's Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace, a game the Blues won 3-1.

It read: Sending our blessing for the Lantern Festival, our heart is with all the people in Wuhan.

More than 700 people in mainland China have died after contracting coronavirus, while a further 34,000 have been infected.

Saturday's Lantern Festival represented the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year period.

Everton's message of support was also posted by the Club on Weibo, Toutiao and Douyin, popular social media channels in China.

The Blues have long-standing ties with the world's most populous country, having become the first European team to enter into a deal with a Chinese company when Kejian became the Club's main sponsor in 2002.

China internationals Li Tie and Li Weifeng signed for Everton the same year, while the Club has also organised coaching camps in the country.