Liverpool fans celebrate victory outside Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England on June 26, 2020, after Liverpool FC sealed the Premier League title the previous evening. – Liverpool has crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds’ 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp’s men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after City’s defeat left them 23 points adrift of Liverpool at the top. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
Liverpool on Saturday criticized some of its own fans for “wholly unacceptable” behavior after they crowded parts of the city to celebrate the team’s first championship in 30 years.
In a joint statement with Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council, the club condemned supporters who ignored coronavirus social distance guidance to gather at the Pier Head waterfront.
“Our city is still in a public health crisis and this behavior is wholly unacceptable,” read the statement.
“The potential danger of the 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 during the lockdown.”
Liverpool’s mayor, Joe Anderson, also condemned the scenes, claiming on Twitter they had brought a “negative focus” to the city.
Social media images showed a firework hitting the Liver Bird building, one of the city’s most famous landmarks, during the second night of celebrations on Friday.
Vast amounts of rubbish were cleared by the council on Saturday morning.
Liverpool secured the English Premier League title on Thursday night after their only rivals, Manchester City, lost 2-1 to Chelsea, meaning Liverpool could not be caught.
Prior to the title being won, police and local authorities had warned fans not to gather because of the fear of further spreading the coronavirus.
Police had urged fans to celebrate only with family members as they claimed Liverpool had been “disproportionately affected” by Covid-19.