Liverpool Police, concerned about COVID-19, criticize part of the fans

Concerned about the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool police criticized fans of the ‘red’ club on Friday for going out on Thursday night to celebrate the first English league conquered by their team in 30 years. Thousands of Liverpool supporters celebrated the title outside Anfield after Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City gave the Premier to those of Jürgen Klopp.

“An overwhelming majority of fans have recognized the fact that now is not the time to get together to celebrate and have chosen to celebrate the event safely,” said Rob Carden, assistant chief police officer for Merseyside. “They are a credit to this city. Unfortunately, as we have seen throughout the closing period, not everyone adhered to the current regulations. A lot of people chose to meet outside the stadium, “he added.

More than 1,500 people have died from COVID-19 in the Liverpool region since March. “In the days ahead, we urge fans to do the right thing and celebrate safely with members of their home and in their social bubble,” said Carden. By doing this, you keep yourself, your family, friends and neighbors 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 more cases and deaths in our communities. ”

“We understand that people will be happy that Liverpool have 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 celebrate their achievement,” said Carden. .

The main landmarks around Liverpool will light up red over the next week to mark the first English 'red' team champion title since 1990. Joe Anderson, the Liverpool mayor who supports Everton, urged fans to join to social distancing.

Mass gatherings are still banned, including pubs closed since March, as part of efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus. “The passion, enthusiasm and excitement of the fans clearly meant that they were unfortunately prepared to take risks and it is disappointing,” said Anderson. “But that's it and what we have to hope for is that from now on people will remain safe and vigilant at all times.”