England’s 13-year wait to play at Anfield will continue due to Liverpool’s ban on Sun journalists.
Liverpool’s stadium has not hosted the Three Lions since a friendly against Uruguay in March 2006, and have been ‘deemed off limits’ despite the FA’s struggle in finding a suitable venue for a Euro 2020 warm-up game against Romania next year.
Matt Hughes of the Daily Mail says Gareth Southgate is eager to play the game in the north of England to generate ‘nationwide support’ ahead of the tournament.
But Old Trafford is hosting Soccer Aid on the same day, the Etihad Stadium cannot be used due to planned ‘remedial work’, and Goodison Park has been considered ‘unsuitable due to its dated facilities and access issues’.
Newcastle’s St James’ Park is an option, but ‘Liverpool’s ongoing issues with The Sun have precluded them’ being regarded as potential hosts.
Liverpool ‘are unwilling to alter their position’ on a ban on Sun journalists that was imposed in February 2017 due to their reporting of the Hillsborough disaster. And just for being plain terrible.
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Author: Matthew Stead