Merseyside derby venue still pending

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A decision will not be made until Friday on whether the Merseyside derby will be played at Goodison Park or a neutral venue on 21 June.

It is understood that the relevant documents were not received until last Friday and they need more time to be read by the members of the Liverpool City Council ‘s safety advisory group.

The PA news agency understands that the relevant documents have not been issued until last Friday, so it takes more time for the members of Liverpool City Council ‘s safety advisory committee to read them.

The derby was one of only two games on the side of it in the initial rounds of Premier League fixtures released on Friday to have ‘venue TBC,’ with all other games in the restart being given the go-ahead to be played at the usual home venue.

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It is believed that Everton is happy to host the match, where local Liverpool rivals could retain the title if Manchester City’s closest competitors lose to Arsenal on 17 June.

The other match still to be confirmed is a game against Liverpool by Manchester City on July 2.

The derby had been on a list of fixtures that South Yorkshire Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the UK ‘s football policing lead, said local forces had asked to be played in a neutral venue.

Merseyside Police appeared to contradict DCC Roberts by saying they were satisfied at Liverpool police matches.

The Reds can secure the title with six more points regardless of what City does, meaning they could wrap up the title against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday, June 24.

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