Liverpool get England match ban, you read that headline correctly, Anfield will not be able to host any Three Lions games.
The FA are yet to reveal which stadium Gareth Southgate’s men will be playing their final Euro 2020 warm-up game against Romania next summer.
The reason Liverpool are not being able to host an England match is down to their ban on The Sun journalists.
Daily Mail claim the Reds are “unwilling to alter their position,” which stems from the tabloid newspaper’s treatment of supporters in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster.
Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield received a not guilty verdict at his retrial last month, and ‘Justice for the 96’ rang out across Anfield during the first six minutes of Wednesday night’s Merseyside derby.
The Kop was laden with banners, one reading “injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere” and another, spanning the divide between home and away fans, “all Scousers know the truth.”
Liverpool’s matchday programme was dedicated to the 96, while a huge display was held up by fans prior to kickoff.
The last time Anfield hosted an England game was the 2-1 win over Uruguay in 2006, and it would seems there is no plans for that to change any time soon.
It leaves the FA with limited ground to host the Romania game next summer. Old Trafford is hosting the Soccer Aid charity game on the same day, Etihad Stadium is unavailable due to remedial work on the pitch with a number of concerts set to take place and Goodison Park is unsuitable due to its outdated facilities and access issues.
There have been talks to have it at Newcastle United, though no deal has been agreed yet.
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