Manchester City vs Liverpool fixture to be held at Etihad Stadium, the Manchester City Council has cleared July 2 game to take place at Etihad as planned.
The match had been on a list of five fixtures that the UK’s football policing lead at end of last month was considered to be played at a neutral venue, as requested by the local force.
However, there is a change in decision to allow the game, which will be live on Sky Sports, to go ahead at the Etihad, following a meeting held by the Manchester City Council’s safety advisory group on Thursday.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, the executive member for skills, culture, and leisure for Manchester City Council, said: “The Council’s Safety Advisory Group (SAG) for the Etihad Stadium met this morning (Thursday, June 25) to deliberate on the upcoming fixture between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC.
“With the recent fixtures of the Premier League which have all played behind closed doors, the SAG has concluded it has no objections to the above fixture taking place at the Etihad Stadium as planned at 8.15 pm, Thursday, July 2. As with all other Premier League matches this fixture will take place behind closed doors.”
The safety advisory group included representatives from the city council, Greater Manchester Police and the fire and rescue service as well as those from supporters’ groups.