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Marine fans ignored UK lockdown rules to welcome their side ahead of their historic FA Cup third round clash with Tottenham. 

The eighth-tier outfit were gearing up for the biggest game in the Merseyside club's history, with the unfancied outfit gearing up for a fairytale story.

But with the UK's latest lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, fans are unable to watch the game from inside the stadium.

Fans of non-league side Marine appear to ignore UK lockdown rules to welcome the team

Fans of non-league side Marine appear to ignore UK lockdown rules to welcome the team

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The eighth-tier team are facing Tottenham in the biggest game in the club's history

The eighth-tier team are facing Tottenham in the biggest game in the club's history

Fans applauded and cheered on the Marine players as they arrived at Rosset Park Stadium

Fans applauded and cheered on the Marine players as they arrived at Rosset Park Stadium

That hasn't stopped their fans from turning up to the club's Rosset Park Stadium though, as their team's bus was welcomed by scores of fans who came to applaud and cheer them on ahead of their clash against the Premier League giants. 

The local police responded to the crowds emerging outside, insisting the vast majority of fans adhered to social distancing despite the new lockdown rules stating people can only go out for essential reasons.

A statement read: 'Officers are in Crosby this afternoon ahead of Marine's FA Cup tie with Tottenham Hotspur.

'A small gathering took place ahead of the arrival of the team coaches, and road closures were put in place to facilitate this arrival safely. The vast majority of people present were adhering to social distancing measures and those who were not were advised by officers.

'As we have done throughout this pandemic, we will always try to strive to encourage people to disperse and go home peacefully. But where we face blatant breaches of legislation, people ignoring the restrictions and even obstructing police from carrying out their duty, our officers will not hesitate to take enforcement action. Those attending have now left the area and we hope everyone enjoys the occasion safely at home.' 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the country's third national lockdown on Monday, meaning people must stay at home and only go out for essential reasons.

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Elite sport is allowed to continue under the lockdown, but only behind closed doors.

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