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Our view: The FA's Anfield snub for England matches due to The Sun ban is disgusting

According to reports from the Daily Mail, Liverpool will not be hosting any of England’s Euro 2020 warm-up matches due to their ongoing ban of newspaper outlet The Sun.

England have not played at Liverpool’s iconic ground since March 2006 and any chance of Anfield being the venue for June of next year have swiftly been put to bed.

Despite Gareth Southgate wanting to avoid northern venues in an attempt to build nationwide support, the home of the European champions will not be considered for selection.

Sportsmail have reported that Liverpool’s ongoing feud with The Sun has precluded any consideration from the FA.

The newspaper have been banned from reporting on the Reds since February 2017 because of their notorious and disgraceful coverage of the Hillsborough disaster. The FA had supposedly enquired to Liverpool about the club potentially staging a national team match but negotiations never seemed to take speed.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 14: The Shankly Gates with ‘You’ll never walk alone’ written on top are seen before the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on April 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Its well known that the city of Liverpool and the England national team do not have the rosiest of relationships. However, the FA’s treatment of the situation is nothing short of disgusting.

Following an emotional couple of weeks that saw the families of the 96 who went to a football match and never came home still robbed of their justice – this news comes at an appalling time.

Kopites will certainly lose no sleep at the thought of England not coming to the home of the Champions League holders. Despite this, it typifies why Liverpool supporters find it so difficult to have any emotional connection with the national team and of course the FA.

Reds fans were recently heard booing the national anthem during the Community Shield clash against Manchester City.

Liverpool have emerged over the years from provincial backwater to a continental powerhouse. The city has risen into one of the most iconic places in Europe with its football club the pinpoint of that success.

The FA and Liverpool will never have the strongest of relationship but the governing body’s’ continued undermining of the Reds personifies the ongoing divide between the two entities.

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