Sunday 18 August 2019

Liverpool issue statement over claims their fans were mistreated by Spanish police in Seville

Liverpool fans in Spain
Liverpool fans in Spain
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool Football Club have expressed their concern over widespread reports that their supporters were mistreated by Spanish police before and after Tuesday night’s Champions League game against Sevilla.

Social media channels were filled with complaints from Liverpool fans who claimed they were denied entry to the game and then roughly treated by the local police on a night of incident on and off the pitch in Seville.

Liverpool drew the game 3-3 after storming into a 3-0 lead in the first half, but it is the events off the field that now appear to be the focus of the club’s attentions and they offered up this statement to confirm they are investigating the claims of their fans.

Following detailed and troubling accounts given by Liverpool supporters attending the match against Sevilla last night, the club is seeking to establish the facts regarding their treatment at the hands of the host stewards and local police force.

The safety and security of our supporters is our paramount concern and we intend to gather all the relevant information before responding further.

Liverpool fan Phil Rowan offer this account to the Liverpool Echo of the events in Spain, as he recounted the tale told by his fellow travelling fans Sam and Anna.

"Anna and Sam were not allowed into the ground by police because apparently the flag they were carrying was too political," he stated.

"They threw the flag at her and punched her. I was stood at the turnstile and saw it all happen so they told me to go into the ground and when I said I was waiting on Anna and Sam they threw me over a fence.

"We sent a picture of the flag to Liverpool before the match to have it approved, as we always do. We have taken it to 31 grounds in Europe and never had a problem before. I have never been treated so disgracefully at a match in my life."

Sevilla FC and the Spanish police have yet to make any statements on the incidents that occurred outside the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

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