Crowds celebrating title win despite COVID-19 fears ‘told to leave’

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Football fans who gathered in Liverpool for a second night after their team netted the Premier League title have been asked to leave by police.

A dispersal order was issued around the city centre after groups came out again on Friday to celebrate Liverpool’s first title win in 30 years.

Police and politicians urged Liverpool fans to stay at home due to Covid-19, which was still a real risk.

Merseyside Police said the order will be in place until Sunday.

The force said a Section 34 Dispersal Order was issued “following large gatherings in the area this evening”.

“We know a lot of Liverpool fans want to celebrate their Premier League win, but there is a time and a place for this – and this weekend is neither.

“Tonight we have seen masses of people flock to the Pier Head area heightening the risk of spreading Covid-19,” it said.

Official figures show Liverpool registered 544 coronavirus-related deaths up to 12 June and 1,677 cases up to 25 June.

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By BBC Sports

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