It was a massive celebration all over the world after Liverpool football club won the Premier League after many years of failed attempts.
Violence erupted after the victory as several people were injured as many took to the streets in jubilations in the city center. Glass bottles were reportedly lobbed at officers trying to contain disorder at Pier Head.
This is the first time the club has won the title in 30 years, but the club, authorities and unofficial supporters union Spirit of Shankley had urged fans to celebrate ‘safely’. The management of the club released an official statement against every act of violence via their website.
The statement reads;
“Several thousand people turned up at the Pier Head on Friday 26 June and some chose to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety. Our city is still in a public health crisis and this behavior is wholly unacceptable.
‘The potential danger of a 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.
‘When it is safe to do so, we will all work together to arrange a victory parade when everyone can come together to celebrate. Until that time, the safety of our city and our people continues to be our number one priority.”
Videos of the aftermath shared on social media show the streets lined with plastic bags, cardboard boxes, and beer cans. Footage also shows crowds cheering as a firework is launched straight into the Grade-1 listed Liver Building on the city’s waterfront. A number of people have been arrested and a section 34 dispersal order has been issued.
The extent of the damage on the Liver Building is still not known, but four fire engines were sent to the scene and extinguished a blaze on a balcony.
Despite the coronavirus social distancing rules, fans packed the streets.
With this act, the number of infections cases of COVID-19 is likely to increase in the country.