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"An Absolute Mess" - Liverpool Fans Subject To Ridiculous Delays Entering Stadium in Seville

"An Absolute Mess" - Liverpool Fans Subject To Ridiculous Delays Entering Stadium in Seville
By Arthur James O'Dea
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The nature of Liverpool's disappointing collapse in Seville last night was not the most pressing issue a number of the travelling fans had to deal with last night.

A statement issued earlier today confirms that the club's hierarchy intends 'to establish the facts regarding [the] treatment of [fans] at the hands of the stewards and police force' charged with overseeing safety procedures last night.

With a number of seats in the away section still unfilled as the match kicked off yesterday evening, many Liverpool supporters have reported that the delays entering the stadium were as a result of mismanagement, and, in certain cases, unnecessary physical force from Spanish officials.


Neil Atkinson of The Anfield Wrap was one such Liverpool fan in attendance last night.

Given the delays that away fans were subject to (and on account of Liverpool's bright start in Seville), Atkinson ended up missing all three of Liverpool's first-half goals.

Describing the scene that was unfolding around him, Atkinson provides some sense of the difficulties facing Liverpool fans trying to enter the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium:

The first goal I heard. I heard when outside the ground queuing to get in. We were there from about 8.25pm. ... The match kicking off in 20 minutes but the queue massive and not moving forward.

Finally it moved, a sudden flood. Then it stopped and the Liverpool supporters self policed. Demanded pushing stop. It did. Immediately. Then we waited and waited patiently.

As things moved forward, additional issues kept arising, and, according to Atkinson's information, this resulted in an increased level of tension among the gathered police officers:

When being aggressively removed by one ridiculously over-zealous police officer in particular I tell him to relax. ... The aggression diminishes.

Others weren't as lucky with their police officers it seems. ... I [was] shown a video of a supporter being ridiculously wrestled to the ground by a policeman. An act of aggression which looks ridiculous.

With Liverpool now set to pursue a line of inquiry with the necessary bodies, Atkinson holds little hope that any subsequent action will take place.

See Also: Jamie Carragher Perfectly Captured The Mood Of Liverpool Fans After Sevilla Collapse


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