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Liverpool’s plans for more sports at Anfield rejected

Liverpool has seen plans to stage other sporting events at Anfield rejected by the local council.

In June, the Premier League club submitted two planning applications to Liverpool City Council to allow Anfield to host music concerts and other sporting events.

The application to host other sporting events has been rejected, while the proposal to stage music concerts at Anfield has been deferred. Liverpool can appeal the decision to not allow Anfield to host other sporting events.

Local residents and councillors alike spoke of their opposition to the stadium hosting other sporting events, citing noise pollution, parking issues and anti-social behaviour as reasons for rejecting the proposal.

The Liverpool Echo newspaper reported that a club representative explained yesterday (Tuesday) how the club was working with the council to ensure that there would be minimal impact on locals, but the promises fell on deaf ears.

It is not clear when the council will revisit Liverpool’s application for Anfield to host music concerts.

Liverpool had hoped to turn the stadium into a year-round destination and had cited boxing, American football and Gaelic football as possible sports the stadium could host.

When announcing the plans to open up Anfield to other events back in June, Liverpool said the proposals were in line with the council’s hopes to use music and sport as a means to attract more visitors to the city. It remains to be seen whether an appeal against the council’s decision would be worth pursuing.

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