Liverpool condemns irresponsible behaviour of fans

  • Liverpool condemns irresponsible behaviour of fans

Liverpool condemns irresponsible behaviour of fans

A 19-year-old, Matthew Egglesden, was charged with causing criminal damage to the Royal Liver building and firing fireworks in a public place, while another man, 26-year-old Craig Campbell, was charged with assault.

Merseyside Police Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy said two officers were treated for injuries to their backs after bottles were thrown at them as they went to help the assault victim.

Merseyside has been declared a COVID-19 "hot-spot" in recent weeks, with the north-west region of England particularly impacted by the virus that has officially led to the deaths of 43,414 people in the UK.

A total of 15 people were subsequently arrested for "violent disorder" and have been bailed while police investigations continue.

The behaviour of some Liverpool fans celebrating the club's first league title in 30 years has been condemned as "wholly unacceptable" by the club and city authorities.

The statement added: "When it is safe to do so, we will all work together to arrange a victory parade when everyone can come together to celebrate".

With the new champions also waiting to discover if next Sunday's potential homecoming against Aston Villa might be moved to a neutral venue, the club have followed up their condemnation of Friday night's public disorder by stressing that there could be consequences for access to future games. Officers have also launched a seven-day operation to try to stop any further gatherings, Mr Roy added.

Deputy chief executive of the North West Ambulance Service Mick Forrest said crews were sent to 34 emergencies as a result of the violence.

The city's mayor Joe Anderson was among the first people to call out fans for turning out by their thousands in Anfield to celebrate their side.

"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.

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

A joint statement on behalf of the club, Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police was issued on Saturday.

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