A blind Liverpool supporter claimed that he felt “vulnerable” and discriminated after his cane was snatched from him by police in Seville and called on the Football Association to do more to protect British supporters travelling abroad.
“I travel all round the world watching Liverpool and have been to places you would expect to be much more hostile but they were massively overzealous,” said Eamon, the supporter, who preferred not to give his surname. “We made a formal complaint to the police and I’ll definitely be following it up.”
Eamon follows Liverpool home and away but missed much of the first half of Liverpool’s dramatic 3-3 Champions League draw on Tuesday and says he was subjected to heavy-handed policing at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Sevilla’s home stadium.
“They snatched my cane away,” said Eamon. “I snatched it back, they snatched it away again and a couple of people intervened to get it back. For people to think it’s all right in this day and age to treat people like that and tell blind people they shouldn’t be at the football is disgusting.”
“I asked a female police officer for help to get to the doors. She asked me for his ticket and she said: ‘He’s a blind person, he shouldn’t be here.’”
Eamon and his girlfriend Helena Martel subsequently made an official complaint to the Spanish police about aggressive treatment by the authorities.
The couple arrived at the stadium together on Tuesday evening and struggled to locate Eamon’s friends whom he was supposed to be watching the match alongside. “Spanish police treated him horribly,” said Helena, 44, who lives in Chester. “The fact he was blind made the situation even more awful.”