Anfield fans 'crush' leads to fresh safety recommendations at derby matches

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Media captionFans claimed they were "crushed" after the Liverpool-Everton game in January

New safety measures have been proposed to help protect football fans at derby day matches between Liverpool and Everton.

An investigation was launched after a match in January saw more than 1,000 Everton fans held up outside Anfield before kick-off.

Some fans claimed they had been "crushed" in the melee, but police said no-one was injured.

Fresh measures are being recommended to improve supporter safety.

Among the recommendations, Liverpool City Council's ground safety advisory group has called for improvements to "engagement and communication" with supporters.

It also called for a review of the queuing arrangements for away fans and for derby matches to be scheduled at times which consider supporters' travel plans as well as their weekday commitments.

'Extensive review'

Councillor Ann O'Byrne, chairman of the group, said: "We held a special meeting to consider the allegations made by supporters and to bring together all parties so that we could understand what went on and learn lessons to improve, if necessary, the experience of supporters visiting Anfield.

"We have carried out an extensive review of the submissions presented to us and have drawn together a set of recommendations, endorsed by all the partners, which we believe address the issues raised.

"They will provide a framework for everyone to work together to improve the experience of supporters at future derby games. "

The recommendations include ensuring details of crowd management plans are clear for fans and improving access along Anfield Road.

The points will be considered by the council's licensing committee on 17 July.

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