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Blind Liverpool fan makes formal complaint against Seville police

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.”

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp’s squad to face further injury setback

The list of injured players in the Liverpool squad is set to extend with key player Sadio Mane aggravating his hamstring injury.

Mane played a key role in Senegal’s crucial 2-0 qualifier win over South Africa that books his nation a place in the World Cup, but complained of discomfort afterwards.

Senegal agreed to return the 25-year-old to Liverpool for further treatment while issuing a statement confirming that Mane had suffered a slight recurrence of “an old injury”.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be anxious to have Mane back as Liverpool face important fixtures including a Champions League trip to Sevilla on 21 November and hosting Chelsea arrive on 25 November.

“It is a concern that the hamstring injury is again on the agenda and it will be critical for us to monitor and manage that in the coming days,” Klopp said. “At this stage we haven’t seen Sadio yet to properly assess the extent, but what is clear is that we will have to stay on top of this for the rest of the week and make sure we are careful in how we look after him.”

“All I can really say with certainty is that we will assess Sadio as soon as he lands back in the country and make decisions on what rehab and treatment gives him the best chance of being back fit and strong for the important fixtures we have coming.”

Another player adding to Liverpool’s injury woe is Nathaniel Clyne, who has suffered another injury setback that is likely to keep him out of action until February.

Clyne had already been left to endure a miserable campaign after sustaining a back injury in a pre-season game in July, and will now spend up to three more months out recovering from a minor operation.

The right-back started running again at Melwood in September with Jurgen Klopp calling his progress encouraging but the 26‑year‑old has had surgery which will delay his return further.

Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren angry after ‘disgusting’ death threats

Liverpool and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has branded death threats made against his family as “disgusting” in a post on his Instagram story.

Lovren, 28, was heavily criticised for his performance in the Reds’ 4-1 Premier League defeat at Tottenham on 22 October.

He posted a screengrab of a direct message he had received from another Instagram user which read “I’m gonna murder ur family u Croatian prick”.

The player went on to post “horrible what kind of people we have” before adding in a second image: “I don’t mind when people talk shit about me, it says more about them! But I cannot ignore when my family is threatened. I just can’t and won’t accept that. Disgusting.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp last week had also defended Lovren despite substituting him just 31 minutes into their defeat at Tottenham.

While the German was set to start Lovren once more on Saturday’s home game against Huddersfield, the player withdrew through injury in the game which Liverpool won by 3-0.

Before the match, Klopp has likened the media reaction to Lovren’s performance against Tottenham to people “watching an accident”.

“You are the kind of people standing around with smartphones instead of helping,” said the German. “I’m not this kind of person.”

“Of course it’s not the nicest week in Dejan’s life but it’s only football. People don’t become a better or a worse person through making a mistake in a football game.”

Merseyside Police are aware of the matter but has said that there has been no official complaint as of yet.