Everton fans protest after 27 minutes of game against Arsenal
A number of Everton fans left their seats in the 27 e minute of their team’s Premier League game against Arsenal at Goodison Park to protest the way the club is being managed.
The symbolic gesture, baptized “27 minutes for 27 years” means that 2022 will be the 27 e year since the Blues last won a major trophy – the 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the 1995 FA Cup final.
While you can visibly spot groups of supporters leaving their seats at the allotted time, the protest was not a mass walkout – with the majority of supporters staying behind and many of them turning up the volume.
Everton’s current fruitless run is the longest silverware drought in club history (they had only lasted 24 years before) and long-suffering supporters are frustrated by the current unease on the pitch.
Despite investing around half a billion pounds since taking control of the Blues in 2016, owner Farhad Moshiri’s sixth manager in five years, Rafa Benitez, has entered the game as a result of an eight-game winless streak, the club’s longest streak without a prime minister. Championship victory since 1999.
Since the protest was announced, Everton have parted ways with football manager Marcel Brands, who is responsible for recruiting players.
A pre-action statement from the protest organizers tonight said: “The emotional investment and financial commitment of fans to the club is fully aligned with Farhad Moshiri’s investment.
“We are looking for the same result, a better return on our two investments.
“We are calling on Farhad Moshiri as the majority shareholder to make the leadership changes needed to see improved performance.
“We call on Farhad Moshiri to communicate in the future through the official club channels.
“We call on Farhad Moshiri to engage, meet and discuss fan concerns with fans.”