Liverpool release club statement following the suspension of fixtures
Liverpool Football Club have released an official statement in response to the English Premier League’s decision to suspend the league until April due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The club accepts that the decision is taken in the best interest of players, staff and supporters and welcomes the Premier League’s move to postpone all games. Liverpool will also continue to implement the government’s advice on the outbreak until instructed otherwise.
The postponement of fixtures will affect all the different levels right from Academy fixtures to Women’s Super League.
The club has already implemented its own precautions across its sites to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. They aim to minimize contact where possible and have reiterated everyone to take personal responsibility for maintaining excellent hygiene.
Tickets and bookings already purchased for the postponed fixtures can be used for the rescheduled dates. These dates will be announced in due course. In case any supporters are unable to attend any of the rearranged dates then a refund process will; be initiated upon the confirmation of the rearranged fixtures.
Apart from competitive fixtures, the Liverpool FC Foundation in association with Barcelona has agreed to shift this year’s charity fundraiser to a later date.
Due to the travel restrictions in place, it is not possible for the Catalans to travel to the United Kingdom. The Foundation and Red Neighbours are also reviewing the delivery of their community programs in the best interests of everyone involved.
A leading role
Liverpool had already taken a proactive role in tackling the pandemic by publishing a pointer ahead of the match against Atletico Madrid. The Merseysiders had taken the opportunity to remind all the fans attending Anfield to take note of safe hygienic practices to risk the spread of the virus.
The club has ensured that hand sanitizers and antibacterial handwash were made available in all washrooms Anfield. Posters imploring fans to take responsibility for their personal hygiene were also put up at the stadium.
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The club has also urged anyone displaying symptoms consistent with coronavirus to ensure they self-isolate as per the medical directives. The club has also pledged to continue taking the best advice from the relevant authorities. The supporters will be kept updated regarding any further developments.