Post by Everton News. on Apr 29, 2021 10:05:27 GMT
Everton’s shirt sponsor and principal partner, Cazoo is marking this weekend’s Cazoo Football Derby by increasing its ‘Goals for Good’ donation to Everton in the Community.
As the proud sponsors of both Everton and Aston Villa, who meet for the first time this season at the weekend, Cazoo won’t be taking sides, but will be doubling their matchday donations to both teams for each goal scored at Goodison Park this weekend from £1,000 to £2,000 for Everton in the Community and The Aston Villa Foundation.
Cazoo, the UK’s leading online car retailer, which makes buying a used car as simple and seamless as buying any other product online today, are already donating £1,000 to Everton in the Community for every Premier League goal scored by Everton this season have so far donated £44,000 to the Club’s official charity, and by doubling the matchday donation at this weekend’s Cazoo Football Derby to £2,000 per goal, there’s a chance for both teams to add further funds to their official charities.
Alex Chesterman OBE, Founder & CEO of Cazoo said, “We’re delighted to be closely associated with both clubs, but this means we will very much be sitting on the fence this weekend and not taking sides but we are looking forward to hopefully seeing lots of goals during the Cazoo Football Derby to benefit both Everton in the Community and The Aston Villa Foundation.”
Richard Kenyon, Everton in the Community Chief Executive Officer said: “We are very appreciative to Cazoo for the generosity shown with ‘Goals for Good’ so far this season. The team have helped net a considerable amount for our charity through ‘Goals for Good’ this season and I really hope this weekend we can nudge that total up further with Cazoo’s double donation offer.”
Post by Everton News. on Apr 29, 2021 10:17:02 GMT
ALLAN EAGER TO EXTEND STAY AT EVERTON
Allan has declared his intent to leave “an important legacy” at Everton – and is targeting an extended stay at the Club beyond the three-year contract he signed with the Blues last summer.
In an expansive interview with the Everton Matchday Programme, the Brazilian described the close bond he has already formed with Everton fans and says he is eager to repay their support by continuing to deliver first-rate midfield displays.
Allan’s high-energy, combative style has helped him seamlessly adjust to Premier League football in his maiden season on Merseyside.
He has made more tackles (57) than any other Everton player this term, while his incisive passing and ability to carry the ball forward at speed has also consistently impressed.
Allan, who joined the Blues from Italian outfit Napoli, says his fine form reflects his happiness on and off the pitch – and says he wants to be an integral part of Carlo Ancelotti’s side “for many years”.
“My thoughts are to remain at Everton for as long as possible,” he says.
“It feels good, I feel at home here.
“When you feel good and motivated to do your best on the pitch, there’s no reason you would think about moving.
“It’s very early to have this conversation, I know, but I’m really happy here and hope to stay for many years and leave my mark in the hearts of the fans and at the Club.
“I am really pleased with the way I was welcomed and how the supporters received me.
“I still haven’t had that feeling of the fans in a full Goodison Park but I’ve received a lot of messages welcoming me and congratulating me on my first season in an Everton shirt.
“I hope to repay them on the pitch, through good performances, and to leave an important legacy at the Club.”
News of a proposed European Super League dominated headlines across the continent last week after 12 clubs declared their intentions to join the venture.
Entry to the league would not have been based on sporting merit, with those 12 teams competing in a closed competition with guaranteed revenues for the next 23 years.
Allan expressed his relief that the plans swiftly collapsed following fierce opposition from fans, fellow football clubs, government and media.
The midfielder qualified for the Champions League in four of his five seasons with Napoli – who were not part of the ESL plans – and spoke passionately about the devastating knock-on effects the breakaway league would have had.
“It was quite awful and upsetting to hear of the European Super League proposal, as this would have ended the dreams of so many children,” says Allan.
“Children who dream of playing in the Champions League through sporting merit, of playing in a European competition after a great season and going on to challenge big clubs.
“It was the type of news that sort of pulls the rug from under you, people prioritising self-interest and money over what really matters in our sport, which is passion and love for the fans.
“The accumulated passion for football over so many years up to the present day.
“It’s great that the league was cancelled, it’s great that the love of football prevailed – the love from the fans and players and all the clubs who make up this sport that we know and love.”
Carlo Ancelotti insists there is no need to rush into contract talks with Seamus Coleman because the Irishman’s ties to Everton are written in stone.
Coleman made his 345th Everton appearance in Friday’s win at Arsenal, delivering a typically spiky and energetic performance from right-back.
Manager Ancelotti, whose squad in north London was bolstered by the inclusion of five fit-again senior players, employed the rapid and mobile duo of Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate as his centre-back pairing.
That partnership enabled a “more dynamic” defensive performance, reckoned Ancelotti, who believes his side are trending in the right direction ahead of the season’s final stretch.
Coleman, whose leadership credentials Ancelotti rates on par with those of his former Champions League-winning captains Paolo Maldini and Sergio Ramos, started against Arsenal following a stirring effort from the bench in a draw with Tottenham Hotspur one week earlier.
The 32-year-old, who celebrated pointedly at the final whistle of a game that grew increasingly testy in the closing stages, joined Everton in January 2009.
Director of Football Marcel Brands last week told the Club's USA Live event he hopes to persuade Coleman to continue beyond the end of his current terms, which expire at the end of 2021/22.
“I don’t think we have to talk about the [Coleman’s] contract,” Ancelotti told evertontv.
“The contract that Seamus has with the Club and this team is forever.
“It doesn’t mean one-year long or two years long.
“Seamus’ contract with Everton is forever.”
Ancelotti continued: “We were more dynamic at the back [against Arsenal], we needed to be dynamic, they have wingers and [striker, Eddie] Nketiah, who are really fast.
“Defensively, we were solid.
“The back four, tactically, played a really good game.
“It was an important win… we arrived after a difficult period where we were not able to win and had a lot of problems.
“For two or three games, we have been playing better.
“We are more solid and have more options in the squad.”
Everton host Aston Villa on Saturday targeting back-to-back victories for the first time since claiming three successive wins – against Liverpool, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion – in February and March.
The success at Arsenal followed a run of three straight draws, results Ancelotti felt maintained his side’s European hopes, without qualifying as notable steps forward.
Everton led in the second half of two of those games – the Goodison meetings with Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur – and considered themselves unlucky to finish all-square in both.
Ancelotti, then, was more than happy to catch a break against Arsenal, when keeper Bernd Leno fumbled into his own net for the only goal.
Additionally, Arsenal had a penalty decision in their favour overturned by the VAR.
“Every game is really difficult… it was a game in balance, maybe they had more control, but defensively we were really good,” continued Ancelotti.
“We were a little bit lucky, to be honest, there were two different decisions with VAR and both decision were for us and, sometimes, it happens.
“These two points [extra, gained from scoring a winner] are the points we lost against Crystal Palace.
“Against Crystal Palace and Tottenham and Brighton we were not able to win but I said to the players to keep fighting because we still had possibilities [to qualify for Europe] and we still have possibilities.”
Everton have recorded twice as many wins away from home as they have managed at Goodison.
Ancelotti admits achieving home victory number six when they tackle Villa is imperative – but, looking further ahead, the Italian is counting the days until Evertonians are back in the ground.
“We have to improve the run at Goodison, we don’t need to sign new players, we need to have supporters back at the stadium,” added Ancelotti, who last week saw Director of Football Marcel Brands sign new terms and looked askance at clubs cooking up a breakaway European Super League.
“It was a good win at Arsenal, a strange week, because the Super League was a surprise, but a good week.”
Post by Everton News. on Apr 29, 2021 10:26:53 GMT
Social Media Boycott
The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out, Women In Football and the FSA will unite for a social media boycott from 3pm on Friday 30 April to 11.59pm on Monday 3 May, in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football.
This has been scheduled to take place across a full fixture programme in the men’s and women’s professional game and will see clubs across the Premier League, EFL, WSL and Women’s Championship - including Everton - switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
It will mean Everton's social media accounts will not post content for the men's Premier League clash against Aston Villa, the Women's league game at home to Manchester United, and the Under-23s' Premier League 2 match at Southampton.
As a collective, the game recognises the considerable reach and value of social media to our sport. The connectivity and access to supporters who are at the heart of football remains vital.
However, the boycott shows English football coming together to emphasise that social media companies must do more to eradicate online hate, while highlighting the importance of educating people in the ongoing fight against discrimination.
In a letter in February 2021, English football outlined its requests of social media companies, urging filtering, blocking and swift takedowns of offensive posts, an improved verification process and re-registration prevention, plus active assistance for law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute originators of illegal content. While some progress has been made, we reiterate those requests today in an effort to stem the relentless flow of discriminatory messages and ensure that there are real-life consequences for purveyors of online abuse across all platforms.
Boycott action from football in isolation will, of course, not eradicate the scourge of online discriminatory abuse, but it will demonstrate that the game is willing to take voluntary and proactive steps in this continued fight.
Finally, while football takes a stand, we urge the UK Government to ensure its Online Safety Bill will bring in strong legislation to make social media companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms, as discussed at the DCMS Online Abuse roundtable earlier this week.
Edleen John, The FA’s Director of International Relations, Corporate Affairs and Co-Partner for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said: “It’s simply unacceptable that people across English football and society more broadly continue to be subjected to discriminatory abuse online on a daily basis, with no real-world consequences for perpetrators. This needs to change quickly, and we continue to urge social media companies to act now to address this. We will not stop talking about this issue and will continue to work with government in ensuring that the Online Safety Bill gives sufficient regulatory and supervisory powers to Ofcom. Social media companies need to be held accountable if they continue to fall short of their moral and social responsibilities to address this endemic problem.
“We have recently seen how powerful it can be when everybody is united for the good of the English game. We are calling on organisations and individuals across the game to join us in a temporary boycott of these social media platforms, to show solidarity and unite in the message that English football will not tolerate discrimination in any form.”
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Racist behaviour of any form is unacceptable and the appalling abuse we are seeing players receive on social media platforms cannot be allowed to continue.
“The Premier League and our clubs stand alongside football in staging this boycott to highlight the urgent need for social media companies to do more in eliminating racial hatred. We will not stop challenging social media companies and want to see significant improvements in their policies and processes to tackle online discriminatory abuse on their platforms.
“Football is a diverse sport, which brings together communities and cultures from all backgrounds and this diversity makes the competition stronger. No Room For Racism represents all the work we do to promote equality, diversity and inclusion and tackling discrimination.”
Trevor Birch, Chief Executive of the EFL said: “EFL clubs have expressed a clear desire to take a united stand against abhorrent racist, discriminatory, and threatening abuse on social media platforms which we fully support alongside the rest of the football family.
“While we recognise the value and role social media plays in our game, online abuse will not be tolerated and we will continue to strongly pursue all avenues open to us to affect change.
“The boycott is only part of the work being undertaken in this area but further highlights the need for social media companies to take additional responsibility for the inappropriate and unwelcome behaviour that appears on their platforms."
Simone Pound, Director of EDI at the PFA said: "Social media channels represent an extension of the working environment for professional footballers, and as the players' union, we are committed to finding solutions that better protect our membership and the wider community from online abuse.
"As part of our work to address this issue, which started with the 24-hour #Enough boycott of social media channels, the PFA has been pushing for collaboration between the platforms, the game, the Government, police and CPS to find solutions and protect players from the abuse they face daily.
"In 2021, with a collective voice, we can hold social media companies to account and send a powerful message to a global audience – abusive behaviour is unacceptable."
Sanjay Bhandari, Kick It Out Chair, said: “Social media is now sadly a regular vessel for toxic abuse. This boycott signifies our collective anger at the damage this causes to the people who play, watch and work in the game. By removing ourselves from the platforms, we are making a symbolic gesture to those with power. We need you to act. We need you to create change.
“We need social media companies to make their platforms a hostile environment for trolls rather than for the football family. We need the Government to hold its nerve and keep its promises to regulate. The Online Safety Bill could be a game changer and we aim to help make that happen. There should be no space for hate and everyone can play their part. If you watch, work in or love the game, join in.”
Richard Bevan, Chief Executive at the LMA, said: “The LMA fully supports the social media boycott across the professional game. A unified silence will send a loud and powerful message to those that perpetrate online abuse that their actions will no longer be tolerated, and to the social media companies that they have a responsibility to do everything in their power to eradicate online hate.
“We also urge Government to understand the significance of this collective action and to ensure that its Online Safety Bill delivers appropriately strong legislation.”
Jane Purdon, CEO of Women in Football, said: "Women working across the game - as players, as coaches, as officials, in the media - can face horrendous levels of discriminatory abuse with real consequences for their well-being. Social media plays a critical role in civil society. It is vital that all can contribute to the conversations on social media with confidence, and in safety. Women in Football stands shoulder to shoulder with all people who have been affected by abuse on social media. We are united with the rest of football in calling for action to eliminate hatred online."
Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the Football Supporters' Association, said: “The Football Supporters' Association is fully behind the game's efforts to stamp out online hate and discrimination and will join next weekend's social media boycott. Much media attention has rightly focused on the vile abuse aimed at players, managers and journalists in the men's and women's game and we see that aimed at fans groups too. It has to stop.
"Many of our most active fan groups tell us that they have received disgusting abuse when they are doing nothing more than trying to represent their supporter base. It's a threat to the very existence of supporter organisations who are run by volunteers in their spare time. As fans we stand with players, managers, referees and all in the game in calling for the social media companies to step up."