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Liverpool facing potential Anfield ban if fans continue to celebrate title victory on the streets and ignore social distancing rules

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The club issued a joint statement with Merseyside Police, the City Council and Mayor Joe Anderson in condemning supporters for their ‘wholly unacceptable’ behaviour, which ‘risked public safety’ as thousands gathered into the city centre, despite the ongoing coronavirus threat.

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Liverpool winning the title produced some memorable celebrations but it’s a massive violation of the government’s social distancing guidelines

A firework set fire to the iconic Liver Building on Friday as fans ignored social distancing rules following the club’s first league title success in 30 years. A man has since been arrested on suspicion of arson.

The joint statement read: “Several thousand people turned up at the Pier Head on Friday and some chose to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety.

“Our city is still in a public health crisis and this behaviour is wholly unacceptable.

“The potential danger of a second peak of COVID-19 still exists and we need to work together to make sure we don’t undo everything that has been achieved.

“When it is safe to do so, we will all work together to arrange a victory parade when everyone can celebrate.

“Until that time, the safety of our city and our people continues to be our no.1 priority.”

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Merseyside Police issued a dispersal order on Friday night covering a large part of Liverpool city centre and it will remain in force today. Chief constable Andy Cooke confirmed 15 arrests were made during the celebrations on Friday.

He tweeted a statement: “Those who gathered last night have potentially increased the danger of a further rise in the pandemic.

“In addition, the actions of the minority were not only irresponsible but criminal. It is tarnishing the reputation of our city and Liverpool FC.

“Children and families were present and heavy-handed police intervention was therefore not appropriate.

“Later, 15 people were arrested for violent disorder and my officers were subjected to a number of violent confrontations. This is not acceptable.

“In relation to those involved in criminal or anti-social behaviour, we will be looking at CCTV images and body-worn cameras to identify those responsible and take action.

“The threat from this pandemic will end. It will then be safe to celebrate the right way.

“For the good of your city, club and, most importantly, those who are at highest risk of dying from this disease, stay at home. The danger has not gone away and people are dying. The celebration can wait.”

The Liverpool Mayor was slammed by the club for saying restarting the season was a ‘non-starter’ because of his fears that Reds fans would defy lockdown to celebrate at Anfield.

Yesterday he tweeted: “More in sorrow than anger, like most LFC fans & residents I condemn those that brought a negative focus on @LFC and our City.

“The pics, videos showing people’s behaviour is being talked about instead of the fantastic achievement of LFC. Thank you to those fans who have listened.”

Jurgen Klopp’s side have three home matches left this season but The Sun reports that recent events could prevent them from taking place at Anfield.

This means Jordan Henderson would lift the trophy at a neutral venue rather than an empty Anfield.

The report also says Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher is unlikely to face any action from employers Sky Sports, despite being pictured celebrating in the streets.

It is understood Carragher and his son maintained social distancing when they were out even when they were asked for photographs from fans.




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