Everton Fans Forum representatives and their Liverpool counterparts recently met with Merseyside Police to discuss communications surrounding the Merseyside derby which took place at Anfield in Ferbruary of this year.
They have provided the following report from the meeting.
“Representatives of the Everton Fans Forum and Liverpool FC Supporters' Committee met recently with senior police officials in order to establish some clarity and explanation behind the police opposition to the 5.30pm derby match last February.
“An exchange of views were expressed with the police explaining that they were put in a difficult position trying to balance the requirements of policing the match along with the wider Merseyside area. It was pointed out by the fan reps that the communication appeared to be targeted against supporters. The police agreed that in hindsight, things should have been done differently in regards to supporter engagement.
“They went on to say 'in future, should the police find ourselves in a position whereby we are objecting to kick off times or indeed any other aspect of a fixture, we will engage supporters at the earliest opportunity to explain our position, and hear their opinions before papers are formally published. This may not necessarily mean we will all agree, but at least supporters will have had the opportunity to comment and both parties will hopefully have an understanding of the others view'.
“The fan reps accepted that what had previously happened could not now be changed, but are pleased that following discussions the police have committed to much improved opportunities for fan engagement. Both parties agreed to work together to try to ensure that in the future there is better and more timely communication to the wider fan base.”