The hit came back in the Liverpool mayor’s ‘non-starter’ comment


Retrieved 30 April 2020, 23:16 IST

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The city’s mayor reacted after Liverpool described plans to restart the Premier League season as a “non-starter” and suggested it would lead to a “farcical” scenario.

Like most sports across the planet, the English top aircraft is in the coronavirus epidemic, with no definite date for action to restart.

However, the idea of ​​playing games behind closed doors has been raised during the selection of potentially neutral places.

The Reds are in favor of ending the 2019-20 campaign a lot, as Jগrgen Klopp’s side cleared 25 points at the summit, requiring just two wins to win the club’s first top-flight title in 30 years.

However, Mayor Joe Anderson said in an interview with BBC Sport that Liverpool fans could be seen playing games outside of Anfield if they returned to another game. Such gatherings would be a clear violation of social distance guidelines.

“Lots of people came to celebrate, so I don’t think it’s a star-starter,” he said. “I think it would be really difficult for the police to keep people away and keep social distance when they go out to celebrate.”

Liverpool responded quickly by publishing a statement on their official website on Thursday.

“As a club, we are aware and disappointed of Mayor Joe Anderson’s retaliatory comments in a media interview published today,” it wrote.

“In addition to the lack of evidence to support such a claim, we point to recent discussions with Mayor Anderson about the possibility of a closed-door football, which concludes that key stakeholders across the city continue to be importantly employed and collaborative.

“In recent weeks, we have engaged with groups of supporters who have made known their determination to respect our social distance measures, and we will continue to work with them and other key partners in announcing the restoration of football with our shared aspirations to achieve this important goal.

“We are in regular contact with the mayor and his office as part of our ongoing campaign and we hope that these conversations can continue.”