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A Liverpool supporter claims he was attacked by a needle-wielding gang after the Reds’ defeat in the Champions League final, in Paris.
Brad Young says he and his mates were set upon by locals on the way out of the Stade de France on May 28, with their trip to the French capital turning into a nightmare, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Fortune had smiled on the 24-year-old from Belfast after he won tickets in a competition, but lucky was the last thing he felt after revealing he and his pals were “hunted” on the Parisian streets.
He and his friends travelled to Paris and said the atmosphere in the Liverpool fan zone was “brilliant” before the match.
They said they managed to avoid some of the worst scenes outside the ground before the game, as thousands of Liverpool fans were forced into dangerously small areas before being targeted with pepper spray and tear gas by French police.
But it was after the match that the mood inside the stadium shifted.
Brad said: “It was a strange atmosphere inside the stadium, there were so many empty seats and then there were lots of locals suddenly coming in to our section, we didn’t know what was going on.
“When we left after the game it turned so sour so quickly. We walked into clouds of tear gas and the police were hitting fans who weren’t moving, but they couldn’t physically move.”
After escaping from the stadium, Brad said he became aware of large numbers of local people and gangs who appeared to be targeting Liverpool fans as they tried to make their way back to their hotels.
He added: “It felt like they were hunting us, they were running up and shouting in our faces, suddenly lots of fans started sprinting away. I was in fear for my life.”
Further along the route home, Reds fans were still being chased by local gangs. Brad said: “We didn’t know what was going on or where we were, but we wanted to get away. It was terrifying.
“At that point someone tried to grab my friend’s watch and I felt a grab on my shoulder, I had no idea what had happened.”
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After arriving back at his hotel, Brad said he woke up and was concerned about a mark he could feel on his shoulder.
“I hadn’t even thought it could be a needle at first, but I was watching something on YouTube about rising needle attacks in France and that made me worried,” he said.
He headed to hospital in Paris where he claims a doctor confirmed he had been attacked with a needle and had been left with a puncture mark.
Brad said: “I felt so horrible. I am a 24-year-old lad who was supposed to be having the best weekend of my life and instead I am waiting on test results that could change everything.”
He is still waiting on a range of test results and hoping there is no lasting damage from the attack.
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