Merseyside derby kick-off confirmed
Everton's crunch derby clash against Liverpool on Saturday will kick-off at the scheduled later time of 5.30pm after Merseyside Police withdrew a legal challenge.
Police had wanted the kick-off time for the often explosive Premier League clash to be brought forward over public-order fears around fans spending more time drinking before the match starts.
The force had taken their case to a district judge on Tuesday after Liverpool council's licensing committee last week turned down a police request to bring forward the kick-off time to 2pm or earlier.
But their appeal was withdrawn at South Sefton Magistrates' Court after a compromise was reached between the police, the council and Everton FC.
The match will go ahead at the later kick-off time of 5.30pm but Everton will improve segregation between the two sets of fans at the game and all parties agreed to look again at kick-off times for Category C, or 'risk' matches.