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Fans protest Premier League corruption with banners

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A banner criticizing the Premier League for its perceived corruption was flown over the Etihad Stadium on Saturday during Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

The banner, which read “Premier League = Corrupt,” was organized by Everton supporters group 1878s and flown in protest against the league’s recent sanction against Everton.

Last week, Everton received a 10-point deduction for breaching Premier League’s profitability and sustainability rules. The penalty plunged the Merseyside club into the relegation zone, sparking outrage among fans.

Manchester City, facing 115 charges for breaking the league’s financial rules, have also been targeted by protests. Earlier during the game, a plane carrying a banner organized by human rights group Amnesty International flew over the Etihad Stadium, calling for the release of jailed Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor.

Mansoor, a prominent critic of the United Arab Emirates’ government, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2018. City owner Sheikh Mansour is the UAE’s vice-president and deputy prime minister.

“Freedom of expression is a human right,” Amnesty International stated. “Ahmed should not spend a day longer behind bars. Ask the UAE Ambassador to help secure his immediate release.”

Everton supporters have announced further protests for Sunday’s match against Manchester United at Goodison Park. Everton manager Sean Dyche expressed shock at the “disproportionate” punishment, while Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola maintained the club’s innocence until proven guilty and differentiated City’s case from Everton’s.

 

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