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Everton face trips to France, Italy and Cyprus in Europa League

Everton will face trips to France, Italy and Cyprus in this year's Europa League.

The draw for the group stages of the Europa League took place earlier today, and pitted the blues against Lyon, Atalanta and Apollon Limassol.

Ronald Koeman's side overcame Hadjuk Split with a 1-1 draw in Croatia on Thursday evening.

Everton will compete in Group E in the Europa League this season Credit: PA Images

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Former PFA chief offers support to Aaron Lennon

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The Former chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, Clarke Carlisle, has offered his support to the Everton player Aaron Lennon.

Lennon has been detained under the Mental Health Act, after he was taken to hospital on Sunday to be assessed, following concerns for his welfare.

Carlisle, a former Burnley player, has himself suffered from mental health issues:

Everton v Burnley - Koeman and Dyche look ahead to today's Premier League clash

Everton are targeting a club record eighth successive home victory in the Premier League this afternoon when they welcome Burnley to Goodison Park.

The Clarets are still searching for their first away win in the league this season.

Everton ban The Sun from Goodison Park & Finch Farm

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Everton have banned The Sun newspaper from their ground and training ground following controversy caused by Kelvin MacKenzie's column on midfielder Ross Barkley.

MacKenzie has now been suspended for the comments, amid calls from Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson for him to be sacked. In the column the former editor likened Barkley to a gorilla. MacKenzie says he had no idea that the Everton player's grandfather was from Nigeria.

Yesterday Everton Football Club informed The Sun newspaper it was banned from Goodison Park, the USM Finch Farm training ground and all areas of the Club's operation.

Whilst we will not dignify any journalist with a response to appalling and indefensible allegations, the newspaper has to know that any attack on this City, either against a much respected community or individual, is not acceptable.

– Everton FC statement
Ross Barkley Credit: PA Images
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