Klopp urges Liverpool fans to celebrate title ‘in private’

Tanya Simon
June 29, 2020

This allowed police to disperse crowds who had gathered on the Pier Head, after part of the Liver Building caught fire amid the wild celebrations despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Liverpool FC had earlier put out a joint statement with police and the council in which they condemned supporters failing to abide by social distancing rules.

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

Merseyside Police said the 19-year-old from Scarisbrick, Lancashire, was being questioned after the fire, started when the firework landed on a balcony, caused damage worth £10,000 to the iconic building as fans gathered in the city centre on Friday.

Images showed a firework hitting the Liver Bird building, one of the city's most famous landmarks, during a second night of celebrations on Friday.

Fifteen people arrested on suspicion of violent disorder have been bailed while investigations continue.

Deputy chief executive of the North West Ambulance Service Mick Forrest said crews were sent to 34 emergencies around the city's waterfront and 27 patients were taken to hospital, with three in a serious condition, while seven patients were treated at the scene.

It followed supporters packing into the area around Anfield Stadium on Thursday night when Liverpool claimed the title as the final whistle blew in the match between Chelsea and Manchester City.

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Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Andy Cooke has branded Liverpool fans "criminal" for celebrating their title triumph on Friday night.

Large crowds gathered at Pier Head in the city centre to celebrate Liverpool winning their first league title in 30 years.

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". "They can not complain and of course, we are going to do it because they deserve it", Guardiola said ahead of their meeting. "This is not the time to be in the city center in big numbers or to go near football grounds".

"Several thousand people turned up at the Pier Head on Friday 26 June and some chose to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety".

Liverpool City Council responded to the events stating: "We can not move fans or take action to prevent them gathering".

"There was one team that was exceptional and, when one team is exceptional, I say learn from them and congratulate them".

He said: "I appreciate #LFC fans want to celebrate but please, for your own safety, and that of others, go home and celebrate at home".

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