Etihad Stadium given go-ahead to host Man City-Liverpool game

LONDON (AFP) – Manchester City have been given the go-ahead to stage their Premier League match against Liverpool at their Etihad Stadium next week despite a police request to stage the game at a neutral venue.

The game, on July 2, could see City cede their title to Liverpool.

Before the resumption of the top flight last week, the match was one of five that police asked to be held at neutral venues because of safety concerns. All games are being played behind closed doors due to restrictions imposed.

However, yesterday Manchester City Council announced the game could go ahead in Manchester.

“Following the most recent round of Premier League fixtures which have all taken place behind closed doors the SAG has signalled it has no objections to the fixture taking place at the Etihad Stadium as planned,” said councillor Luthfur Rahman.