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Everton condemn appalling social media abuse aimed at Neal Maupay after defeat to Fulham

Everton have took to condemn the appalling social media abuse aimed at Neal Maupay after the opening day defeat to Fulham.

Maupay missed a number of chances as the Cottagers went on to win 1-0, and later decided to upload a screenshot of the abuse he received on Instagram.

He said: “Gutted about the result today, we tried our best but it wasn’t enough.

“This is what I get for not scoring. No one should ever deal with this.”

His club said: “Everton Football Club condemns all forms of personal abuse directed towards our players and their families or any Club staff on social media.

“We stand firmly against such behaviour and are investigating the social media accounts that have targeted Neal Maupay.

“We also encourage anyone using these platforms to report, condemn and highlight any such abuse to the social media platforms on which it appears.

“Discrimination and hate has no place in our game.”

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When questioned about Maupay’s performance after the game, Dyche told BBC Sport: “I want all players to get in the right areas and Neal did. You have to keep getting there to score goals.

“Eventually, if you create that many chances and keep doing it relentlessly, you will score goals and win games. That is what I have learned in my life in football.”

Teammate Idrissa Gueye posted a message of support for Maupay, saying: “We win together and lose together. We all know the hard worker that you are.”

Fulham’s Bobby Decordova-Reid was the man of the moment scoring in the 1-0 win.

Neal Maupay was guilty of hat-trick of first-half misses as Marco Silva made winning return back on Merseyside.

Everton thought they went ahead in the first half when defender Michael Keane had the ball in the back of the net, only for referee Stuart Attwell to disallowed the goal for what he perceived was a foul by defender James Tarkowski on Fulham goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Player ratings

Everton: Pickford (6), Patterson (6), Tarkowski (7), Keane (6), Young (6), Garner (7), Doucoure (6), Gueye (6), Onana (7), Iwobi (7), Maupay (5).

Subs: Danjuma (5), Dobbin (n/a).

Fulham: Leno (9), Tete (7), Diop (7), Ream (7), Robinson (7), Reed (7), Lukic (7), Cairney (5), Wilson (7), Willian (5), Jimenez (6).

Subs: Mitrovic (7), Reid (7), Andreas Pereira (6).

Player of the match: Bernd Leno.

Everton boss Sean Dyche: “I’m very disappointed in the fact that we didn’t win the game, certainly get a point, very dominant chance count and high quality chances.

“We did not finish them off and we know from last season we have to improve at that, but we were getting the team in the right manner and the right areas, I was pleased with that because that is the highest chance count and quality of chance count that I can remember for a long time here.

“We created four or five golden chances in the first half and were very good on the break as well. I thought we were the better side overall, but sometimes you don’t get what you deserve.

“The crowd need to stay with us again because we have roughly the same group of players, we have adapted to what we are and that is what we showed today.”

On Everton’s disallowed goal, Dyche said afterwards: “I think VAR is there to make sure that doesn’t go the wrong way because our defender has done nothing. Tarky just stands there, the keeper catches it and drops it on his head. He did not try to impede him, it bounces out of his hands, we score and bizarrely they get a foul.

“I don’t know where that one lives. That is the modern game, you touch a keeper and it is a foul. He did not do it deliberately and the whole stadium knows that.”

Fulham boss Marco Silva speaking to BBC Match of the Day: “Very good to win the first game of the season, it does not matter what the opposition side is, it doesn’t matter if it is my old team, but very important to get three points.

“We started well, but after that first 15-20 minutes we lost the plan and let the game go in the direction that was not the best for us. We controlled the set pieces well, because we know they are a physical tough team.

“It was clear that it was not a good performance from us, overall the game, but the commitment, the ambition and the desire and the togetherness were there.

“We improved in the second half, it was a very good goal as it is something that we planned and something that is in our way to play. Everton had their chances to equalise, we had our chances as well.

“We need more time to work, our preseason was not at the level that it should be so we missed a bit of energy. But we were able to win a football match and that shows we have the quality to work.”

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Fans reacted as Everton condemn the appalling social media abuse aimed at Neal Maupay after defeat to Fulham…

@mcnultyadamm: It doesn’t matter that it was a Fulham fan, that line needs to stop. People on here send personal crap to him all the time and it’s a disgrace. Needs to stop

@Everton_Extra: Doesn’t matter if it’s a Fulham fan or an Everton fan, or a bot. It’s horrendous.

@terry__smith: Well said. Call it out. 👏💙

@Karl_W_Connor: Completely agree. Maupay ran himself into the ground today. Yeah, he missed chances, but he gave his all. And even if he didn’t, he shouldn’t be subjected to personal abuse.

@terry77owen: Absolutely sickening. @nealmaupay_ we’re all with you.

@tentosevenfour1: Contemptible actions by whomever posted such hate. No place for these types at EFC. Gutted for @nealmaupay_ and family having to endure such things

@joannej1970: Wow I’m no efc fan but I’m absolutely disgusted that is shocking need the police involved horrible racist

@brownerbos: I’ll be the first to admit I’m not maupays biggest fan by any means, but this is a massive step too far.

@stepheneverton: Hold your head up Neal this type of thing brings blues together in support of each other

@EvertonBlueArmy: Stay strong, @nealmaupay_ 💙

@mikerath2126: Comment like that crosses the line considerably. I’m not his biggest fan and he isnt good enough to be playing at PL level but that is as much down to the club as it is the player

@ElectricJ0e69: He may be god awful, but this is just a disgrace. You never want to see this in sport, no matter how bad you may be for a club, you respect everyone like one another

@NatashaMalone: Such a shame the minority of so called fans stoop this low!!! Fully behind you @nealmaupay_ and the rest of the team! Onwards and upwards 💪🏻💙 #efc #EvertonFC #outoforder #toofar #footballersarehuman

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