Report to be produced on derby match issues

 A FULL report about crowd issues outside Anfield at the recent derby match will be produced for the city council’s Licensing Committee.

A meeting of the Ground Safety Advisory Group was told today that the report would include the views of all the agencies involved in safety issues at the stadium but it will also include comments received from fans’ groups and reflect the individual experiences of some supporters.

The group, which consists of representatives from the city council, all the emergency services, Liverpool and Everton football clubs and official supporters groups from both clubs, heard representations from the Blue Union and the Spirit of Shankly fans groups.

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “I asked for the group to meet after I was contacted by a number of fans who raised concerns about access to the Anfield Road stand before the recent derby match.

“It is very important that we take these concerns very seriously – the safety of fans is paramount.

“I am satisfied that the agencies involved are taking this issue seriously and will report fully about what  happened and I am confident that lessons can be learned so we do not have a repeat of the situation happening in the future.

“While I do not wish to pre-empt what will be in the report I think it is clear that all agencies accept that there has to be a commitment to improve communication and dialogue with fans’ groups as well as through the media before important games such as this.”

The report is expected to be completed in four weeks.