Thursday 12 December 2019

Liverpool fans planning more demonstrations

Liverpool fan protesting. Photo: Reuters
Liverpool fan protesting. Photo: Reuters

Simon Hughes

A Liverpool's fans' group has warned of further demonstrations at the coming home matches against Manchester City and Chelsea following Saturday's mass Anfield walkout over ticket prices.

Several thousand fans left their seats in the 77th minute of Liverpool's Premier League game against Sunderland in protest at the club's new pricing structure, which includes a £77 match-day ticket.

Liverpool were leading 2-0 at the time of the walkout but late goals from Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe secured a draw for the visitors.

"We are happy with yesterday's demonstration and we are pleased with the number of supporters who took part," Jay McKenna said. "The moment which preceded the walkout also showed the strength of feeling, with the very loud chants aimed at the directors' box.

"But the protest was aimed just as much at the owners. It is a good indication that supporters are very angry and this will just be the start of taking more action."

Anfield's first £1,000 season ticket was announced last week. A match ticket in the reconstructed Main Stand will cost £77 - up from £59.

"We have got Manchester City and Chelsea at Anfield [in March] so those two league matches will be opportunities," McKenna added.

"A walkout of Anfield is unprecedented and I can't think of an occasion where it has happened in such numbers in another league ground in the UK.

"We don't have a firm idea of what we will do yet as this has all happened very quickly. We'll take the next two days to take stock and talk to the supporters about what we do next."

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