Liverpool forced to temporarily switch from Anfield due to Premier League failure

Liverpool forced to temporarily switch from Anfield due to Premier League failure

Liverpool are forced to put an exclusion zone around the Anfield benches, meaning that 200 season ticket holders will move to other parts of the stadium for the foreseeable future.

The lifting of coronavirus restrictions will see the Reds play in front of a local crowd for the first time in nearly 18 months when they entertain Burnley on Saturday.

However, some precautions will continue to be taken as part of the Covid Protocols established by soccer governing bodies for each competition.

The Premier League requires there to be a sterile zone around the tunnel and dugout that acts as an extension of the ‘Red Zone’ that was in place last season in which only accredited personnel are allowed.

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And the mandatory barren area means a section of seating in the main grandstand will not be available for use, a move that will affect roughly 200 season ticket holders.

Fans will be relocated to other seats in the main grandstand as a temporary measure and, through compensation for the interruption, will be given access to the Hospitality Beat Lounge along with a complimentary program and drink.

In an email to fans affected by the move, Phil Dutton, the club’s vice president of ticketing and hospitality, said: “These newly requested sterile areas will reduce the overall capacity of the stadium and, unfortunately, your season ticket is within from a mandatory sterile area, your seat will not be accessible, which means we have no choice but to relocate you.

“This is a Premier League requirement that we have no control over. There have been several meetings with the Premier League on this issue and all clubs have lobbied to minimize any disruption. The seats affected are the absolute minimum that we must include within the Red zone.

“Rest assured that we do not expect this to be a permanent arrangement, and in the event that soccer’s governing bodies lift the Red Zone, we will return it to its original seat as soon as possible.”


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