Liverpool has already won the Premier League title but unfortunately they stand to be banned.
The Reds could be banned from playing their remaining home matches at Anfield – unless fans stop celebrating on the streets.
Premier League champions Liverpool 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.
Jurgen Klopp’s side 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.”
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.”
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