Former Liverpool players Stephen Warnock and Nigel Spackman apologize for LFCTV comments
Former Liverpool players Stephen Warnock and Nigel Spackman have apologized for comments made on LFCTV ahead of their former side’s clash with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday afternoon.
The match was scheduled to start at 4 p.m., but due to start-up issues with the club’s new ticketing system, the kick-off at Anfield was delayed by 30 minutes.
Videos and images posted on social media showed large queues outside the stadium until 4 p.m., with many empty seats inside the ground.
Liverpool have introduced near-field communication for stadium access this campaign – with an electronic pass downloaded into a digital wallet on a mobile phone that is scanned for entry.
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And in a statement released in the interval between the 1-1 draw, Liverpool confirmed the reasons for the delayed start and apologized to fans for any inconvenience caused.
On LFCTV’s pre-game pre-game show, Spackman and Warnock were discussing the ongoing situation.
Former Reds defender Stephen Warnock first said: “I think what was always going to be the problem is getting people back to the ground safely. Make sure it’s done the right way. .
“Obviously that was a bit of a problem. Probably, maybe the fans are coming a bit late and expecting this to be normal.
“We don’t know the issues, but it just shows that this is a game that everyone wants to watch and be a part of.”
Before Spackman said, “We were sitting upstairs, weren’t we like, ‘It doesn’t look that full yet.'”
LFCTV presenter Becky Davies then responded to Spackman by saying, “We were thinking, ‘What’s going on? “”
With Spackman responding, “And you said they all come out of the pub and do pop” – before Davies quickly responds, “I didn’t say that”.
Spackman then continued, “You said that,” with Davis responding, “Just to confirm that it’s a lie.”
The former Reds midfielder then concluded by saying: “Just kidding, I’m saying that.
“But I think everyone wants to be here for the game and they did well to delay the kickoff for sure. Let everyone in because everyone has been waiting for this and they are patiently waiting as well as we are. “
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As soon as LFCTV returned to all three fields the day after the game, Davies apologized on behalf of LFCTV before Spackman also apologized for his choice of words.
Davies said: “Before analyzing today’s game, we would like to apologize wholeheartedly for the comments that were made on our pre-game show.
“As to why the kickoff was delayed today, what we said was wrong and wrong.
“Liverpool have issued an official statement apologizing to all fans who have been affected by the delayed entry to Anfield today.
“This was due to issues with the access process and match day operations.”
Sparkman then walked in and said, “I just want to apologize. I was making a joke but it didn’t sound like a joke, so it’s my turn to play. So I really apologize to everyone if anyone was offended by this.
“But I know under the current circumstances people are trying to dig themselves into the ground and Covid and all we know why the kickoff was delayed.
“It was just an improvised remark from me for which I apologize wholeheartedly.”
And in a video message on his Twitter account yesterday, Warnock said: “It was great to be back at Anfield [on Sunday] with LFCTV, but I’m aware that some of my pre-game comments about the delayed kick-off were offensive.
“I raise my hands and apologize. I was trying to say that in the days of Covid and with the new ticketing system it would be difficult to stick to the usual routine of people going to the game. .
“I grew up as a Liverpool fan and understand the history of Hillsborough, the fight for justice and the lies that have stood in the way.
“It wasn’t my intention for a second to add to these false stories with what I said [on Sunday].
“I couldn’t have slept tonight knowing that people were offended – and I hope you accept my apologies, especially those associated with the Hillsborough families.”