Liverpool: Two Hillsborough survivors committed suicide after trauma ‘reactivated’ by Paris final

Two Liverpool fans who survived the Hillsborough disaster have committed suicide after being ‘revived’ by scenes that marred the Champions League final in Paris.

Hillsborough Survivors Support’s Peter Scarfe told an event on Monday that the two supporters had taken their own lives since the match at the Stade de France in May.

sports mail understands that none of the fans, one 52 and the other 63, attended the final against Real Madrid.

A total of 97 Liverpool fans died as a result of the deadly crush at Hillsborough in 1989, and the chaos that ensued before the Paris final evoked painful memories for Reds fans.

Thousands of supporters in the French capital were forced into a dangerous situation, crammed into cramped tunnels as they tried to access the stadium. Some, including women and children, were pepper-sprayed and tear-gassed by French police.

“This year alone, we’ve had three suicides,” Scarfe said, according to the liverpool eco. That’s three too many.

‘One was just before the anniversary because I didn’t want to face another anniversary, two of them were Stade de France reactivators.

Liverpool fans found themselves in a dangerous situation ahead of the Champions League final at the Stade de France in Paris on May 28.

Liverpool fans found themselves in a dangerous situation ahead of the Champions League final at the Stade de France in Paris on May 28.

Many supporters were 'injured or left with psychological trauma' outside the stadium in Paris.

Many supporters were 'injured or left with psychological trauma' outside the stadium in Paris.

Many supporters were ‘injured or left with psychological trauma’ outside the stadium in Paris.

For some, the scenes reactivated the trauma of the Hillsborough disaster, when 97 people died.

For some, the scenes reactivated the trauma of the Hillsborough disaster, when 97 people died.

For some, the scenes reactivated the trauma of the Hillsborough disaster, when 97 people died.

‘The memory of 1989 has come back to haunt them because the events at the Stade de France have so much in common with those at Hillsborough.

“In both cases there were crowd movements complicated by bottlenecks, people crammed under a tunnel, blocked turnstiles preventing entry to the stadium and, above all, false charges afterwards.”

Scarfe also said the group had “put fans into therapy” following the Paris events, which are the subject of an ongoing investigation by UEFA.

“We shouldn’t be doing this, it shouldn’t be happening,” he added.

Nearly 2,000 Liverpool supporters are suing UEFA over its organization of the final, claiming they were injured or psychologically traumatized by the incidents.

The game between the Reds and Real Madrid was delayed by 35 minutes after a break outside the stadium, with UEFA first blaming “security issues” for the delay.

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Gerard Long of Binghams said: “As a lifelong Liverpool fan, I was absolutely horrified when I heard how events unfolded in what should have been the highlight of the football season.”

Liverpool fans were trapped outside the stadium for more than three hours before the match.

Liverpool fans were trapped outside the stadium for more than three hours before the match.

Liverpool fans were trapped outside the stadium for more than three hours before the match.

Several Liverpool fans tried to show the police their tickets in an attempt to get on the ground.

Several Liverpool fans tried to show the police their tickets in an attempt to get on the ground.

Several Liverpool fans tried to show the police their tickets in an attempt to get on the ground.

“Not only my fellow fans, but also my friends, family and customers who attended that day have spoken of the terrifying scenes that surrounded the Stade de France before and even after the game.”

sports mail revealed earlier this week that the chaos experienced by fans in the final was caused by a technological meltdown combined with misleading pre-match messaging and lax crowd control.

The technological glitch, identified by multiple fan witnesses, precipitated much of the chaos but was exacerbated by the crowd control glitch, which saw 37,000 Liverpool fans directed to an entrance designed for between 10,000 and 12,000 fans.

At last May’s event, failed ticket scanners and a technological glitch led to abnormal queues, overcrowding and a loss of control by authorities, with aggressive attendees assuming scanning failures meant they were dealing with multiple forgeries, when in fact the tickets were genuine. In fact, fans with paper and digital tickets were denied entry and have yet to receive compensation.

The problems also meant that some stewards allowed hundreds of fans to crawl under the turnstiles, because they deemed their tickets legitimate. Although well intentioned, as they recognized the dangerous crowd behind them, their actions meant that the authorities lost control of how many legitimate ticket holders were in the stadium.

At this point, around 7 pm, it should have been clear to the authorities that they had lost control and would have to delay or postpone the match. Instead, an announcement was made at 8:46 pm local time, just 14 minutes before kick-off, and then a delay of just 15 minutes was announced.

The Hillsborough disaster occurred during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

The Hillsborough disaster occurred during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

The Hillsborough disaster occurred during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

UEFA, led by Aleksander Ceferin, blamed the chaos before the Paris final on the late arrival of fans

UEFA, led by Aleksander Ceferin, blamed the chaos before the Paris final on the late arrival of fans

UEFA, led by Aleksander Ceferin, blamed the chaos before the Paris final on the late arrival of fans

The situation was then made worse by decades-old, bias-based, antiquated surveillance, and this was exploited by local criminals, leading to police firing tear gas indiscriminately, which ironically added to the breakdown of order.

Eyewitness accounts describe a lawless situation in which the authorities lost their nerve, abandoned checkpoints and used tear gas as a default response to try to mitigate past mistakes. The lack of control of the authorities continued after the game, when criminals attacked fans of Real Madrid and Liverpool.

Among the main problems was the abandonment of the initial ticket checks, which meant that people arrived at the turnstiles with tickets that were not scanned.

That made the stewards hostile and aggressive or led to the need to allow fans to climb over or under the turnstiles. It may also explain why the incorrect narrative of ‘counterfeit tickets’ is gaining ground.

Problems scanning tickets were evident at all gates and are also reported by Real Madrid fans. It got worse at the Liverpool end due to mistakes in crowd management and failing to adjust plans drawn up before a rail strike was announced.

The worst problems were on Ave du President Wilson, which had become the main access to the stadium for almost all Liverpool fans due to pre-match messages. Due to a strike by some French train workers, mixed messages led supporters to believe that the RER B station, La Plaine Stade de France, would be closed or not fully operational. In fact, it was working but not at full capacity. However, according to the Senate’s initial investigation, at around 3:30 p.m., messages on the UEFA app and at stations told fans to use RER D and avoid RER B.

The investigations of Le Monde, with access to official transport figures, indicate that 37,000 fans tried to access the stadium from that station, four times more than usual.

A statement was shown blaming the late arrival of fans inside the stadium, but not outside the Stade de France.

A statement was shown blaming the late arrival of fans inside the stadium, but not outside the Stade de France.

A statement was shown blaming the late arrival of fans inside the stadium, but not outside the Stade de France.

UEFA maps issued before the match made it clear that Liverpool fans arriving from Line D’s Stade De France station should have continued along Ave Francois Mitterrand, crossed Ave du President Wilson and continued east, before turn left onto Ave du Stade de France, where there was another ticket control, which according to fans had more attendees than at Gate X.

But virtually all of the 37,000 fans who arrived at that station turned left onto Ave du President Wilson.

Witness accounts also mentioned the hostility and lack of help from most of the police, the complete lack of information for fans outside the field, and the lack of proactive management. Even when the start was delayed, it was only announced to those inside the stadium.

A statement was reportedly prepared days before the match took place.

UEFA issued a statement on the giant screens inside France’s national stadium, announcing that the delay in the scheduled 9:00 pm start had been caused by the ‘late arrival of the fans’.

The Guardian He reported that this statement had been prepared in the week until the end.

It was a statement that angered Liverpool supporters, thousands of whom were trapped outside the stadium having arrived three or more hours before kick-off.

Ninety-four Liverpool fans died in Hillsborough, another died in hospital days later, and another supporter died in 1993.

Andrew Devine was 22 when he went to see Liverpool take on Forest in the semi-final. A coroner’s inquest in Liverpool in July 2021 ruled that he was unlawfully killed as a result of the disaster, making him the 97th victim.

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