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Blind Liverpool Fan Tells Story Behind Heartwarming Viral Video

Blind Liverpool Fan Tells Story Behind Heartwarming Viral Video
Eoin Lyons
By Eoin Lyons
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Anfield was rocking in the 34th minute of their Champions League showdown with Napoli on Tuesday night.

Mohamed Salah had bamboozled two Napoli defenders before slotting through the legs of David Ospina, with the goal eventually meaning that the Reds would progress to the next round of the CL at the expense of their Italian counterparts.

During the celebrations, a heartwarming moment was captured on camera between two Liverpool fans. One, who clearly had a visual impairment being informed by his friend of what had just transpired on the pitch. The clip has been viewed nearly three million times on Twitter:



BBC Sport spoke to the Liverpool supporter in question Mike Kearney, who has a degenerative eye condition, about his internet fame, and how he likes to be a part of the Anfield crowd despite his limited vision:

I'm like every other football fan - it doesn't matter if I can't see clearly, I still celebrate. It was just relief that we scored.

I wish I could see more but that doesn't mean I can't form an opinion of my own.

It's difficult for people that can see to understand, but I think of it as normal to me and I have been like that all my life. It's just the way I watch the game.

Kearney also revealed he prefers to listen to the atmosphere in the ground as opposed to the club's live commentary service for the blind and partially sighted:

I like just being involved in the atmosphere and hearing what my cousin thinks - and anyone else, whether it's five rows back and a pleasant comment or not.

If its not my cousin Stephen with me then it's other friends, it's just normal for us. I find it weird the reaction. It's nice, but a little bit strange.

H/T: BBC Sport

See Also: Here's Who The English Teams Can Draw In The Last-16 Of The Champions League


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