LIVERPOOL have responded to Mayor Joe Anderson’s claims the Premier League season should be scrapped, saying he “lacks evidence” for suggesting some fans would breach lockdown measures to gather at Anfield for potential title celebrations.
Liverpool Mayor Anderson told the BBC earlier on Thursday that he wants to end the season to avoid any potential breach of coronavirus lockdown on Merseyside.
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He said: “I think the best thing to do is to actually end the season.
“It isn’t just about Liverpool – they’ve clearly won the league – they deserve it, they should be crowned champions.
“The bottom line is this is about healthy and safety and people’s lives, and I think football should have to come second in regards to making a choice here.
“There’s not many people who would respect what we are saying and stay away from the ground.
“A lot of people would come to celebrate so I think it’s a non-starter.
“Even (behind closed doors), I guess a lot of people would turn up outside Anfield to celebrate and I understand the police’s concerns around that, so there’s a real difficulty here for us.
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“It’s difficult for us to try to stop people gathering in parks when the weather has been good, especially young people, and I fear people would just ignore it.”
Liverpool have now responded to Mayor Anderson’s claims and admit they have been left “disappointed” by his comments.
A statement read: “As well as a lack of evidence to support such claims, we would also point to recent discussions with Mayor Anderson relating to the possibility of behind-closed-doors football, which concluded that it is important that key stakeholders across the city continue to engage and work collaboratively.
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“We have engaged with supporters’ groups who have informed us of their determination to respect social distancing measures and, in the event of a resumption of football being announced, we would continue to work with them and other key stakeholders in keeping with our collective desire to achieve this crucial objective.
“As part of our ongoing operations, we are in regular contact with the Mayor and his office and we hope these conversations can continue.
“In the meantime, our primary focus remains responding to the humanitarian crisis with continues to unfold and in particular providing ongoing support to various NHS initiatives and those experiencing food poverty and social isolation.”