Thursday, 02 July, 2020

Merseyside Police Chief brands Liverpool fans 'criminal'

Liverpool FC Considers Fans' Behaviour 'Unacceptable' at Pier Head Where Tons of Rubbish Was Left Liverpool issue plea for fans to halt mass gatherings and Jon Walters hits out as fireworks aimed at Liver building
Cary Erickson | 29 June, 2020, 19:02

There were fireworks displayed at the iconic Liver Building as fans got together in thousands without observing social-distancing rules while celebrating.

And this act of disobedience did not go down well with Merseyside Police, the City Council and Mayor Joe Anderson.

Our city remains in the grip of a major public health crisis and this behaviour is wholly unacceptable.

Police issued an order for the city centre that allowed them to disperse any crowds that had gathered.

A total of 15 people were arrested for public order offences, affray and being drunk and disorderly after "violent confrontations" with police officers.

English champion Liverpool has condemned the behavior of some fans who gathered in the city to celebrate the club's Premier League title win after a 30-year wait.

It was also stressed that "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 as a region".

Mr Roy said by the time officers arrived at the Pier Head at about 4pm, around 500 people were already there and within 35 minutes the numbers had doubled and people were continuing to arrive.

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"The crowd largely dispersed by about 1.30am and a short time later officers were confronted by a group of people more than 100 strong who sought confrontation with the police", Roy said.

'This mindless behaviour has the potential to damage Liverpool's reputation - both the club's and the city. "They can not complain and of course, we are going to do it because they deserve it", Guardiola said ahead of their meeting.

"Throughout the last week, Liverpool Football Club, Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council and Spirit of Shankly have worked together to consistently remind people that the region is still disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and ask people to celebrate LFC's Premier League title win safely", it read.

"Fireworks, flares and tonnes of litter, amount to nothing but disrespect for our city".

"Seeing thousands of people congregating at the Pier Head into the early hours and the ugly scenes shared on social media afterwards was heartbreaking to see", Anderson said.

Werner, part of the US-based Fenway Sports Group that owns Liverpool, believes the winning mentality created by Klopp since he took charge in 2015 will keep the team hungry for more success next season.

"But for now, please stay at home as much as possible", he wrote.