Scores of taxi drivers descended on Goodison Park in protest against Everton’s decision NOT to follow in the footsteps of Liverpool FC by banning the Sun from the club.
According to the Liverpool Echo. a taxi convoy parked up outside the Everton stadium emblazoned with ‘total eclipse of the Sun’ messages, while drivers stood at the side of the road with leaflets to spread the message.
In a video taken at the protest a driver said: “We are gathered here today in protest against Everton Football Club’s decision not to follow the lead set by Liverpool and ban the Sun.
“We believe Everton set a brilliant example since the Hillsborough disaster 28 years ago and supported Liverpool, we believe they should be doing exactly the same again now.
“We are calling on Everton Football Club to listen to the fans, to listen to the people of their city and to remove every single facility that’s afforded to the Sun.”
Last month Liverpool FC revealed that journalists from The Sun would no longer be allowed to report on matches or press conferences, nor would they be given any access to interview Liverpool players or staff at Anfield or the club’s Melwood training ground.
One of the taxi drivers involved in the protest said: “The rag tarnished the memory of 96 friends and family; it trashed the name of an entire city. It will never be forgiven.
“We negotiated with both clubs for months asking them to reflect the wishes of their fan bases. Both clubs indicated they would stand together.
“We don’t understand why Everton FC Directors would now say that they don’t think EFC fans want them to take the same stance that LFC has.
“We call on EFC directors to reflect the wishes of their fans and disallow access to all Sun personnel to all club premises.”
Simon Magner, chair of Everton Supporters Trust 1878, said: “Evertonians have walked alongside Liverpool supporters, the families of the Hillsborough victims and the survivors of the disaster in their campaign for justice.
“This support has been echoed by Everton Football Club and as Evertonians we have been proud of our club. It followed therefore that we expected Everton FC to follow the lead of Liverpool FC in this respect.
“Now, more than a month after the decision by Liverpool FC, Everton Supporters Trust 1878 now believe the time has come for Everton FC to also deny The Sun newspaper access to Goodison Park and the club’s Finch Farm training complex.
“The Sun’s lies and distortions of ‘the truth’ were not just an attack on the victims of Hillsborough or of supporters of Liverpool FC. They were an attack on our city. Our response therefore should be from the whole city.
“As the boycott of The Sun by the people of Liverpool continues and more and more news-agents refuse to even sell the newspaper it would be outrageous and deeply embarrassing for Goodison Park to be the only place on Merseyside where The Sun continues to be welcomed. As Evertonians we ask our club to honour the 96, the survivors and their families and to ban The Sun.”