Labour and Everton FC investigate two over anti-Israel banner and misuse of club emblem

Liverpool - Everton FC and the Labour Party have launched investigations into two individuals holding a banner calling for footballing authorities to ban Israel.

The Premier League side said it is aware of an image posted on a Facebook page of two men pictured with a banner reading “Toffees [the club’s nickname] say kick Israel out of FIFA and UEFA”.

Everton said a complaint has been lodged to Facebook for copyright infringement, over the use of its crest on the banner.

It insisted the two men, understood to be a known Liverpool fan and a former actor-turned activist, are not supporters.

“The club has been made aware of this photograph which is circulating on social media. Everton takes the misrepresentation of the club and its fans very seriously and will be investigating the matter.”

Both are said to be members of the Liverpool Riverside Constituency Labour Party, formerly the seat of Dame Louise Ellman, before she left the party citing antisemitism concerns. One of the men pictured was reportedly previously suspended by Labour for alleged antisemitism.

Jewish News understands the Labour Party is investigating the matter, but said it could not comment on individual cases.

“The Labour Party takes all complaints of antisemitism extremely seriously and they are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures, and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken”, a spokesperson said.

Liverpool Riverside CLP has been approached for comment.