Liverpool FC condemns fans’ behaviour as Liver Building burns amid celebrations

Liverpool Football Club has condemned the behaviour of crowds of fans who gathered in the city to celebrate the club's Premier League win.

Merseyside Police issued a section 34 dispersal order for the city centre on Friday night, allowing them to disperse crowds who had gathered on the Pier Head, after part of the Liver Building caught fire amid the wild celebrations.

A joint statement on behalf of the club, Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police was issued on Saturday.

It said: "Several thousand people turned up at the Pier Head on Friday June 26 and some chose to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety.

"Our city is still in a public health crisis and this behaviour is wholly unacceptable.

"The potential danger of a second peak of Covid-19 still exists and we need to work together to make sure we don't undo everything that has been achieved as a region during lockdown.

"When it is safe to do so, we will all work together to arrange a victory parade when everyone can come together to celebrate.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Football fans celebrate at Anfield Stadium as Liverpool FC win the Premier League title after Chelsea beat Manchester City tonight ensuring Liverpool FC can no longer be overtaken on points on June 25, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool have won 18 league championships already with the last title win in 1989-90 under Kenny Dalglish. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Workmen clear up rubbish left outside the Liver building in Liverpool after fans celebrated in the city last night following Liverpool FC winning the Premier League on Thursday night. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Workmen clear up rubbish left outside the Liver building in Liverpool after fans celebrated in the city last night following Liverpool FC winning the Premier League on Thursday night. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Workmen clear up rubbish left outside the Liver building in Liverpool after fans celebrated in the city last night following Liverpool FC winning the Premier League on Thursday night. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Workmen clear up rubbish left outside the Liver building in Liverpool after fans celebrated in the city last night following Liverpool FC winning the Premier League on Thursday night. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans let off flares outside the Liver Building in Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flags and banners are fixed to a house near Liverpool's Melwood training ground. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans let off flares outside the Liver Building in Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Fireworks go off outside the Liver Building in Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans let off flares outside the Liver Building in Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans let off flares outside the Liver Building in Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans let off flares outside the Liver Building in Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans celebrating on the statue of King Edward VII of Britain outside the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans let off flares outside the Liver Building in Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans let off flares outside the Liver Building in Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans let off flares on the statue of King Edward VII of Britain outside the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans carry a cardboard cut out of Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp in the street in Liverpool, north west England on June 26, 2020 after Liverpool FC sealed the Premier League title. - Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds' 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp's men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after City's defeat left them 23 points adrift of Liverpool at the top. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans carry a cardboard Premier League trophy and a flag in the street in Liverpool, north west England on June 26, 2020 after Liverpool FC sealed the Premier League title. - Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds' 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp's men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after City's defeat left them 23 points adrift of Liverpool at the top. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans hold a flag with the nuimber 19 for their 19th league title in celebration outside Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on June 26, 2020 after Liverpool FC sealed the Premier League title. - Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds' 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp's men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after City's defeat left them 23 points adrift of Liverpool at the top. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool fan gather in celebration outside Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on June 26, 2020 after Liverpool FC sealed the Premier League title the previous evening. - Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds' 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp's men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after City's defeat left them 23 points adrift of Liverpool at the top. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans celebrate victory outside Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on June 26, 2020 after Liverpool FC sealed the Premier League title the previous evening. - Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds' 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp's men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after City's defeat left them 23 points adrift of Liverpool at the top. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Liverpool fan Jean Smith plays football with her grandson near Anfield in Liverpool. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield in Liverpool. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: A Fan poses next to Jurgen Klopp street art after Liverpool confirmed as Premier League Champions at Anfield on June 26, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool claim their first championship in 30 years. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Liverpool fans enjoy beverages near Anfield in Liverpool. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans Beryl Meland and grandson Archie outside Anfield in Liverpool. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Fans visit the stadium after Liverpool confirmed as Premier League Champions at Anfield on June 26, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool claim their first championship in 30 years. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Liverpool fan Anthony Furns poses for a photo with the Bill Shankly statue outside Anfield in Liverpool. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Fans make their way to the stadium after Liverpool confirmed as Premier League Champions at Anfield on June 26, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool claim their first championship in 30 years. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
A vendor sells Liverpool team scraves and flags near to Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on June 26, 2020 after Liverpool sealed the Premier League title the previous evening. - Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds' 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp's men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after City's defeat left them 23 points adrift of Liverpool at the top. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Young fans pose with a Premier League cup cut out after Liverpool confirmed as Premier League Champions at Anfield on June 26, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool claim their first championship in 30 years. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield, Liverpool. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield, Liverpool. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Football fans celebrate at Anfield Stadium as Liverpool FC win the Premier League title after Chelsea beat Manchester City tonight ensuring Liverpool FC can no longer be overtaken on points on June 25, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool have won 18 league championships already with the last title win in 1989-90 under Kenny Dalglish. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Football fans celebrate at Anfield Stadium as Liverpool FC win the Premier League title after Chelsea beat Manchester City tonight ensuring Liverpool FC can no longer be overtaken on points on June 25, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool have won 18 league championships already with the last title win in 1989-90 under Kenny Dalglish. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Football fans celebrate at Anfield Stadium as Liverpool FC win the Premier League title after Chelsea beat Manchester City tonight ensuring Liverpool FC can no longer be overtaken on points on June 25, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool have won 18 league championships already with the last title win in 1989-90 under Kenny Dalglish. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Football Fans celebrate at Anfield Stadium as Liverpool FC win the Premier League title after Chelsea beat Manchester City tonight ensuring Liverpool FC can no longer be overtaken on points on June 25, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Liverpool have won 18 league championships already with the last title win in 1989-90 under Kenny Dalglish. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Liverpool Fans Outside Anfield celebrate winning the Premier League on June 25, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Liverpool Fans Outside Anfield celebrate winning the Premier League on June 25, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Fans celebrate Liverpool winning the Premier League title outside Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on June 25, 2020, following Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Manchester City. - Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds' 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp's men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after City's defeat left them 23 points adrift of Liverpool at the top. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Fans celebrate Liverpool winning the Premier League title outside Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on June 25, 2020, following Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Manchester City. - Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds' 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp's men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after City's defeat left them 23 points adrift of Liverpool at the top. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Fans celebrate Liverpool winning the Premier League title outside Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on June 25, 2020, following Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Manchester City. - Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds' 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp's men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after City's defeat left them 23 points adrift of Liverpool at the top. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Fans celebrate Liverpool winning the Premier League title outside Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on June 25, 2020, following Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Manchester City. - Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds' 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp's men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after City's defeat left them 23 points adrift of Liverpool at the top. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Fans celebrate Liverpool winning the Premier League title outside Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north west England on June 25, 2020, following Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Manchester City. - Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions without kicking a ball on Thursday as Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City ended the Reds' 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp's men sealed a 19th league title for the club with a record seven games left to play after City's defeat left them 23 points adrift of Liverpool at the top. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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"Until that time, the safety of our city and our people continues to be our number one priority."

Videos circulating on social media showed a firework hitting the Liver Building, which is partly owned by Everton FC majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, as fans celebrated the club's first Premier League win in 30 years.

Four fire engines were sent to the building, where they extinguished a blaze on a balcony, a Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said. The extent of the damage was not known.

The Liverpool Echo carried video that appeared to show glass bottles being thrown at police.

A police spokesman was unable to confirm that bottles had been thrown or the number of people arrested, but said there had been "significant disorder" overnight.

On Saturday the area was left littered with discarded bottles and rubbish and council street cleaners were on site.

It followed supporters packing into the area around Anfield Stadium on Thursday night when Liverpool claimed the title as the final whistle blew in the match between Chelsea and Manchester City.

Merseyside Police anticipated people coming together to mark Liverpool becoming champions of England for the first time since 1990 again on Friday night, but had warned fans to wait for official celebrations.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said on Twitter he was "really concerned" about the crowds on Friday night but said the council did not have the power to disperse the gathering.

He said: "I appreciate #LFC fans want to celebrate but please, for your own safety, and that of others, go home and celebrate at home.

"Covid-19 is still a major risk and our city has already lost far too many people to the illness."

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