Six months on from the chaos that put lives at risk at the Champions League final in Paris, there are Liverpool fans still too frightened to return to watching matches live. Others appear to be watching their heroes “under anesthetic

Read” with the atmosphere at Anfield, one of football’s most iconic stadiums, described as “awful” this season by a local member of parliament and fan Ian Byrne.

Police then fired tear gas toward thousands of supporters locked behind metal fences on the perimeter of the stadium.

For many Liverpool fans, the scenes brought back memories of a crush at Hillsborough Stadium in 1989 that resulted in the deaths of 97 supporters.

“I think we’re still all suffering from the after-effects of the final,” Joe Blott, chair of Liverpool supporters group Spirit of Shankly, told AFP.


“Them not wanting to go to the game because they’ve been to a game is tragic in its own way.”

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