A social media campaign to raise money for an anti-racism flag has seen more than £1000 raised for Kick It Out.

Everton fan group the County Road Bobblers originally set out to raise funds to pay for a banner in solidarity with summer signing Moise Kean, who was a victim of racist abuse during a match in Italy last season.

The group quickly smashed their £1,000 fundraising target after their appeal went viral. They gained media attention worldwide, raising more than £3,000 thanks to the generosity of fans across the globe.

The Bobblers generously decided to split the remaining donations between Kick It Out and Everton’s award-winning charity, Everton in the Community. Everton has also announced the Club will match the donation by fans to Kick It Out to support our work.

The banner will be unveiled ahead of The Blues’ match against Manchester City on 28 September in the Howard Kendall Lower Gwladys Street End of Goodison Park. It depicts an image of Kean with the words ‘No Al Razzismo’, which translates to No to Racism.

The game will also be Everton’s annual Kick It Out fixture, which will see the players wear our iconic t-shirts in the warm-up pre-match. Kick it Out messaging will also be visible around the stadium.

Keeley Baptista, Head of Partnerships at Kick It Out, said: “It’s fantastic to see the initiative that the County Road Bobblers fan group have undertaken, both in support of Moise Kean and to take a stand against racism. Everton Football Club have for many years been known as The People’s Club and the efforts made by these fans, supported by the Club, only strengthens that message.

"Football fans play such an important role in creating the positive and inclusive atmosphere at games, and through their support of both the players and managers help to make football accessible for everyone.

She added: “Kick It Out is honoured that the County Road Bobblers have decided to donate funds raised through their crowdfunding campaign to the charity, and would like to thank the fans and everyone at Everton Football Club for their continued support.”

The campaign was run by David Wycherley, Lee Mitchell, Michael Cummins and Greg Neill. They wanted to make it clear that Everton stands up to racism and that everyone should feel welcomed at the club.

And the banner has been given the seal of approval by Moise Kean himself. He said: “The banner is beautiful because racism is horrendous and we have to fight against the racists. I’m going to repay my fans for all they do for me. I’m feeling even more motivated to repay them by training at 100 per cent and giving the maximum I can.”