Liverpool mass celebrations ‘regrettable’, says Premier League chief executive Richard Masters

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has described the mass gatherings which followed Liverpool’s Premier League title win as “regrettable” and reiterated fans must “take responsibility for their own actions”.

Thousands of people celebrated on the city’s waterfront on Friday, despite restrictions on mass gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool fans to “do what is right” following scenes of celebrations after the club won its first league title in 30 years.

A teenager appeared in court on Monday accused of causing £10,000 of damage to the Royal Liver Building with a firework thrown during Friday night’s celebrations.

Klopp also said in an open letter in the Liverpool Echo on Monday he “did not love” the scenes at Pier Head.

Asked whether the Premier League took any responsibility for what unfolded, Masters told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee: “What happened was regrettable but we are not in control of people’s actions.

“It got out of hand in the same way that we have seen gatherings on beaches and street parties in wider society.

“Individuals have to take responsibility for their own actions.”

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