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Liverpool and Manchester City supporters call for Premier League showdown to be held at Etihad Stadium amid venue confusion

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Liverpool supporters’ group Spirit of Shankly (SOS) has asked for input into the decision on where next month’s match against Manchester City should be played.

The fixture on 2 July is the only Premier League match in the rearranged 2019-20 calendar without a confirmed venue.

Manchester City Council’s safety advisory group will decide whether the Etihad Stadium can be used for the match, and SOS says it is vital that fans are given a voice in the discussions.


“The venue for just one PL game – Man City v Liverpool – is yet to be confirmed,” the group wrote on Twitter. “SOS and @1894group-mcfc believe this should be played at the Etihad.

“We’ve asked for fan input into the police/safety advisory meeting on this fixture.”

Earlier this week, the safety advisory group for Liverpool City Council gave the go-ahead for the Merseyside derby to be played at Goodison Park on 21 June. That had been the only other fixture with an unconfirmed venue.

On 29 May, the UK’s football policing lead, Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts of South Yorkshire Police, said local forces had requested five matches to be played at neutral venues. These were Man City versus Liverpool, the Merseyside derby, Manchester United versus Sheffield United, Man City versus Newcastle, and Newcastle versus Liverpool.

On the Premier League’s website, the latter three are all listed as being played at the respective home venues, with only City versus Liverpool now listed as “TBC”.

The Premier League is set to resume on 17 June, with Aston Villa taking on Sheffield United and City hosting Arsenal.

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