Liverpool Football Club CEO spoke today of scenes that followed the Reds title win last week – and said “Words fail me”.
The club released the first meeting at the boardroom level since the exhilarating moment when Jurgen Klopp and his team secured their first crown in the Premier League, the first for the title in 30 years.
The British-American businessman has called on fans to stay away from Anfield this Sunday, due to blocking restrictions underway due to Covid-19, when Liverpool play Aston Villa towards the end of a very successful season. .
And he faced the problems, both outside the stadium on Thursday evening – when thousands gathered in the immediate vicinity to celebrate until the early hours of the morning – and at Pier Head on Friday evening, when the situation subsequently turned into a violent disorder.
That night, fireworks were targeted and fired at the liver buildings, causing a small fire on a balcony, and police officers were attacked by a small fraction of people.
Moore warned, “People are getting infected and people are dying,” and suggested that Thursday’s supporters had “infected people”.
And he said some fans were “poking their noses in the common sense.”
The LFC chief told ECHO: “I have the spontaneity of what happened on Thursday evening in Anfield – did I enjoy seeing thousands of people without masks, jumping on each other?
“Not at all.
“And I think of how many people who were here that night who could be infected, could be asymptomatic, so they don’t know they are infected, but there were people here, data and science would say they are carrying Covid infection. 19 and have definitely infected other people.
“My concern is that, I am a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom, and I grew up in California which closed on Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom closed the entire state regarding restaurants, bars, businesses not essential due to a second peak.
“I don’t want that to happen here, I don’t want football to be blamed, and I certainly don’t want Liverpool Football Club to be blamed for any secondary outbreak.
“I, like everyone else, would have liked to come here on Thursday evening and enjoy what has been so close for 30 years and I have not succeeded.
“Of course I didn’t.
“Commonsense would say that we are in a furious global pandemic and you are not doing things like that, so I was happy for the fans that night and sad about the images I saw that were broadcast all over the world.”
Police made 15 arrests for violent disorder following disturbing scenes at Pier Head, one of which showed officers, trying to help an injured person on the floor, be pushed away by angry men before the bottles were thrown at them.
Filming also showed fireworks launched in the city’s historic Liver Building, exploding near the walls, one of which caused a small fire that crews witnessed to extinguish.
Other offenses included clips of men sniffing white powder from a police hat, for whom the force yesterday appealed for information.
Moore said: “On Friday at Pier Head, I miss the words regarding the result of what has been.
“The images of what we were seeing were again broadcast all over the world and friends and family were contacting me as they watched it live on global television.
“And that’s not what I want Liverpool to be the city and Liverpool the football team like, at a time when we should be praised and celebrate this incredible victory, not just to win the league, but to be the Club World Club champions. , the champions of Europe.
“We are in such an incredible position as probably the best football team in the world, but what people are seeing is seeing our fans, quoting quotes, not joining social distances, not listening to the authorities on mass gatherings, not wearing masks and somehow, poking their noses at what common sense should be right now in the midst of a global pandemic.
“People are getting infected and people are dying.”
Referring to Liverpool’s game against Aston Villa on Sunday, he reminded Reds fans: “Stay home, enjoy the game on television, enjoy this key season that we are going through right now.
“And please, please, please, do nothing that can ruin it anyway, and something that leads to an infection and perhaps death.
“And I couldn’t be more serious about that message.”