Manchester City Council authorizes the July 2 game to be held in Etihad as scheduled
Last update: 25/06/20 13:25
The Manchester City game against Liverpool on 2 July will take place at the Etihad Stadium, as confirmed by the Manchester City Council.
The game had been placed on a list of five games that the British government leader in the football police sector said would be played in a neutral venue late last month at the request of local forces.
However, a decision was made to allow the game, which is live on Sky Sports, to continue to Etihad, following a meeting of the Manchester City Council Security Advisory Group on Thursday.
Councilor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Skills, Culture and Leisure of the Manchester City Council, said: “The Etihad Stadium Council’s Security Advisory Council (SAG) met this morning (Thursday June 25) to review the next match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC.
“Following the most recent round of Premier League matches which were all held behind closed doors, the SAG has signaled that it has no objections to the above match which will take place at the Etihad stadium as scheduled at 8.15 pm, Thursday 2 July. As with all the Premier League matches, this appointment will take place behind closed doors, with no fans present. “
The Security Advisory Group included representatives from the city council, the Greater Manchester police and the fire and rescue service, as well as those from supporter groups.
The initial list of matches to be played in neutral venues also included the Merseyside derby, Manchester United’s game against Sheffield United, Manchester City’s home game against Newcastle on 8 July and Newcastle against Liverpool on July 26.
The City vs Liverpool match is the only one that has not been subsequently confirmed to be played in the original venue.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said earlier this week that he hoped the game would take place at the Etihad stadium.
“I’d rather [that] it’s in Manchester, “said Klopp.” Otherwise it would be very difficult to organize. I don’t know exactly how it would be but, [because] he won’t be in Liverpool, it means we have to go somewhere where we are [both clubs] i need a hotel probably.
“We don’t know how it would be organized. This is a problem, but other than that, we play where people send us.”
If City fail to beat Chelsea on Thursday, Liverpool will be crowned champion. Should City win at Stamford Bridge, however, Liverpool will be able to close the title with a draw against Pep Guardiola’s team next week.
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