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Premier League: Liverpool fans claim Anfield walk-out is just the start
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A Liverpool fans’ group has issued a warning to the club in saying that the 77th-minute walk-out during the 2-2 draw with Sunderland is just the start of weeks of demonstrations and protests.

A Liverpool fans’ group has issued a warning to the club in saying that the 77th-minute walk-out during the 2-2 draw with Sunderland is just the start of weeks of demonstrations and protests.

Several thousand fans left their seats in the 77th minute of Liverpool’s Barclays Premier League clash against Sunderland in protest against the club’s ticket pricing structure, with particular displeasure focused on the £77 price for some matchday tickets.

Liverpool were leading 2-0 ahead of the walk-out before late goals from Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe pegged the Reds back and secured a point for Sam Allardyce’s Black Cats.

Spirit of Shankly, who helped co-ordinate the demonstration, says they have no regrets over what happened and have vowed to stage further protests in the coming weeks, pointing out the upcoming games against Arsenal and Manchester City as opportunities to further voice their discontent.

“We are happy with yesterday’s demonstration and we are pleased with the number of supporters who took part,” Jay McKenna said.

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“The moment which preceded the walk-out also showed the strength of feeling, with the very loud, audible chants aimed at the directors’ box.

"But the protest was aimed just as much at the owners because the decision of the prices is one made by Fenway Sports Group and the ownership of the club.

Rihanna was in North London to perform at the O2 this week when she met Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe backstage.

She said to Defoe: “Oh, Jermain, you play for Arsenal, yeah? I’ve heard all about you.

Apparently there was an awkward silence, then Spurs keeper Brad Friedel and the rest of Defoe’s group burst into laughter.

But the 23-year-old singer played it as a joke.

She added: “Haha. Gotcha. Only joking. You’d look great in red though.”