Police challenge to Merseyside Derby Kick Off Time

We are aware of reports that have circulated today, of plans by Merseyside Police to seek a change to the kick off time for this Saturday's match with Everton. This follows an earlier attempt which failed. There have been subsequent meetings with supporters and safety representatives, with discussion about measures that may be put in place. We believe positive dialogue between supporter groups and the relevant bodies is worthwhile and can address the issue the police may have. This has proven to be the case in our relationship with Greater Manchester Police.

It is disappointing that the police have again sought a change, but more disappointing that such a change is being pursued at this late stage. Supporters of both sides will have made travel arrangements and plans for the day. Instead, they face uncertainty. It is our understanding, having taken advice, that there is very little supporters can do other than await an outcome. The reason for this would be that we are not an 'Interested Party' under the act which the police are taking this action. We find it incredulous that supporters are not seen as interested party. Once again, loyal and paying supporters are taken for granted and not even given the courtesy of being informed, let alone included in decisions that directly impact on them.

We will continue to seek further information and contact the relevant authorities once we know more. We will keep supporters updated of the progress on this.


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