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Monday May 30:

 

Fucking hell, the fallout from Paris is mental. Horror stories from fans, brilliant reporting by journalists on the scene and outrageous lies from those trying to cover up their failings. It’s genuinely incredible what the French government is trying to do here. At least make your story a little bit believable. Initially the authorities tried to say the fans arrived late. That was quickly proven to be nonsense. Now they’re saying it was 30-40,000 fans without tickets or with forgeries that was the problem.

 

Just think about that for a second. The capacity is 80k. If you add 40k onto that you have 120k fans at the stadium. So if the stadium was full you’d have 40k outside. The stadium wasn’t even full, as loads of Reds have shown by taking photos of empty rows of seats when the game kicked off. There weren’t 40k outside though, so how do they expect these lies to stand up?

 

Then there’s the logistics of the whole thing. 40k forged tickets? How would they know that? Where are those forgeries? Are they including all of the genuine tickets that failed to scan because their system was fucking shit? Robbo has already told us about his brother being told his ticket was fake even though it came from the club. Loads of fans have said similar too. There are also tales of fans having genuine tickets taken off them by stewards at the gate and then being turned away. 

 

And while all of this was going on, local rats were climbing fences and running into the stadium unopposed. The security risk there is scary as fuck. Any one of them could have had a fucking bomb or some kind of weapon and none of them were searched. The ones who didn’t bunk in were outside robbing and slashing fans (not just ours either, Madrid fans suffered exactly the same treatment by police, stewards and local gangs, just on a smaller scale). 

 

There were potentially deadly crushes on the way to the stadium as well as outside the gates, and the police made that even worse by throwing tear gas canisters that caused panic in an already dangerously crowded area. Then they were randomly pepper spraying people as they just stood there doing nothing. This time it isn’t just our word that it was happening. In this modern era everyone has access to video so it’s easy to get the message out. 

 

It helped that basically every big hitter in the English sports media were there witnessing it, and some of them were right in the middle of it. Jason Burt from the Telegraph got pepper sprayed, while Henry Winter was there handing out water to fans who had been tear gassed. He’s a pompous, annoying arse but I’ve always been told by people who have had dealings with him that he’s a really nice, genuine guy and he showed that here. He was also fighting our corner on Talksport this morning too. This time the lies won’t stick.

 

Not just over here either. The French media are fucking slaughtering their government for the lies. The Spanish press aren’t blaming our fans either. In fact, there’s been a lot of media coverage praising the behaviour of our crowd under the extreme provocation they were under. Our own media are 100% in our corner too. It’s a weird feeling really, we’re not used to this.

 

I spent most of today reading about all this and watching horrific videos and it’s just so depressing. I needed a palate cleanser so watched the footage of the parade. What a day that was. It started off a bit subdued but by the end of it everyone was having the time of their life. Hendo even described it as one of the best days of his life. 

 

You could see how much some of the others were loving it too. Konate was dragged over for an interview and he wanted no part of it because he wanted to be hanging over the side of the bus interacting with the crowds. He was buzzing off it. Diaz at the front of the bus was having a blast too. 

 

Days like this will stay with these lads and spur them on in the future. It was mad that they had Calvin Harris DJ’ing too. Apparently that was Robbo’s doing. Imagine that conversation in the group chat. Hendo: “Ok, the gaffer says he’s bringing the ale, we need someone to sort a DJ.” Robbo “I’ve got a mate who says he doesn’t mind helping out”.

 

 

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Don't really give a shit about idiots like that, they are actually shining a light on their own stupidity when every sensible organ is making it clear what happened.

 

As a relative oldie I am quite aware that there has always been a sizeable chunk of the country who, perhaps embarrassed by their own passivity, have relished a view of scousers honed by the likes of Bread and Harry Enfield, the only difference being this is magnified by the availability of social media instead of infrequent personal examples when on holiday etc. The positive side is that other than visceral football fans, these 'The Sun was right' cunts are getting older and disappearing with their neanderthal views, and have the misfortune to see their younger relatives realising that Liverpool is now one of the most vibrant and must-see cities in the UK.

 

To quote one of your pithy slogans ' Fuck everyone who isn't us ! '

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The views of the father will just be passed down to the sons. 

 

Look at those Hungarian kids booing the taking of the knee. They do that because their elders do. It'll be the same with "sign on" "always the victim" etc

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23 hours ago, dave u said:

The views of the father will just be passed down to the sons. 

 

Look at those Hungarian kids booing the taking of the knee. They do that because their elders do. It'll be the same with "sign on" "always the victim" etc

It’s sad and almost pitiful that the majority of fans we come up against in this country sing more about us than they do for their own team. I feel for you having to dive into the shithole that is Twitter and read the responses. Clearly these people have long-held opinions that are never going to be based in fact.

 

On the subject of the booing in Hungary, very surprised to read the negative press about it since the ENGLAND fans booed taking the knee in the Euros!

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15 minutes ago, CrownPaints said:

On the subject of the booing in Hungary, very surprised to read the negative press about it since the ENGLAND fans booed taking the knee in the Euros!

 

And the top Tories said it was fine to boo. Until we booed the national anthem and their heads fell off.

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4 hours ago, dave u said:

 

And the top Tories said it was fine to boo. Until we booed the national anthem and their heads fell off.

Right to boo = the Right can boo. The serfs on the Left can keep their mouths shut.

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Do clubs still get fined and warned if their fans boo the CL ‘anthem’ ( the chaaaampyaaaans)?

Because I’d like to boo it quite a lot. With magnificent gusto.

 If UEFA said ‘we just said what the police told us and it’s now clearly untrue and we are sorry’ that would be sort of understandable, but radio silence from them regarding the ‘due to late fans’ claim.

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9 hours ago, Reckoner said:

If UEFA said ‘we just said what the police told us and it’s now clearly untrue and we are sorry’ that would be sort of understandable, but radio silence from them regarding the ‘due to late fans’ claim.

 

That's it. The easy thing for them is to just say sorry and blame the French authorities. Take responsibility for their share of the debacle but shift most of the blame onto the French. There must be a reason they haven't done it as the likes of UEFA will always take the easiest option and pass the buck. 

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15 hours ago, dave u said:

 

That's it. The easy thing for them is to just say sorry and blame the French authorities. Take responsibility for their share of the debacle but shift most of the blame onto the French. There must be a reason they haven't done it as the likes of UEFA will always take the easiest option and pass the buck. 

UEFA are full on mafioso cunts. Maybe the reason they haven’t passed the buck is the claim actually came from them in order to protect their brand.

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