Police Slam Thousands Of Liverpool Fans For Filling Streets Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Fans gathered outside Anfield stadium despite fears of a second spike in coronavirus cases.
Assistant Chief Constable Rob Carden explained how Merseyside had been 'disproportionately affected' by the coronavirus pandemic and reminded residents that they have a responsibility to prevent further cases.
According to The Mirror, there were around 100 fans outside the Main Stand for the final whistle of the Chelsea v Manchester City match - which secured the title win for Liverpool.
Within the hour, thousands of fans had gathered outside the stadium to celebrate by setting off fireworks, lighting red flares and singing songs.
Liverpool thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0 on Wednesday, with that result meaning City needed to beat Chelsea to delay their title win.
But Pep Guardiola's team were unable to topple Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last night (25 June), losing 2-1.
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The result meant that Liverpool, who were on 86 points, captured the Premier League title with seven league matches to spare, finally ending their 30-year drought.
Congratulations to @lfc on deservedly winning the @premierleague Hope fans have a great night and stay safe from all @MerseyPolice @MerPolChiefCon pic.twitter.com/2MRbe2fTYO
- ACC Rob Carden (@ACCRobCarden) June 25, 2020
In his full statement, ACC Carden said: "I would like to congratulate Liverpool FC on deservedly winning the Premier League title, and thank the thousands of Liverpool fans across Merseyside who celebrated at home, as they have for the previous games played behind closed doors.
"The overwhelming majority of fans have recognised the fact that now is not the time to gather together to celebrate, and chose to mark the event safely. They are a credit to this city.
"Unfortunately, as we have seen throughout the lockdown period, not everyone adhered to the regulations in place. Although the vast majority of celebrations were good natured, a large number of people chose to gather outside the stadium.
"In the days ahead, we urge supporters to do the right thing and celebrate safely with members of your household and in your social bubble. By doing this you keep yourself, your family, friends and neighbours safe.
"As we all know, Merseyside has been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and we must all do what we can to prevent further cases and deaths in our communities.
"We understand people will feel jubilant that Liverpool has secured the league title for the first time in 30 years, and the time will come when fans can return to Anfield to applaud the team and to celebrate their achievement.
"Please follow the advice of the players, the manager and the club by putting safety first. The club is encouraging fans to share their experiences of watching future games at home with the hashtag #LFCAtHome on social media, and we all look forward to sharing your experiences of celebrating safely."
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