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Liverpool fans recall 'horrible' treatment from Sevilla stewards, police

A female Liverpool supporter has recalled the "horrible" ordeal she claims she and other visiting fans suffered as she attempted to enter Sevilla's Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, Liverpool announced they are looking into claims of heavy-handed treatment towards their supporters from stewards and local police ahead of the 3-3 Champions League draw.

Local police said to ESPN FC that the only incident in the run-up to the match involved fans with fake tickets having to be moved aside by stadium security staff. However, Vicki Kropp, a regular away follower of Liverpool in Europe, was in attendance and told the Daily Mail she was subject to an overly rigorous search from a female steward.

"I have been subjected to rough searches before, such as before Augsburg in the Europa League [in February 2016]. This was totally different," she said. "Normally you are asked to hand over your bag to be searched but this time it was grabbed off me.

"I was then physically searched to such an extent the steward pulled the wires of my bra and then, effectively, groped both my breasts. I was then spun around and my legs kicked apart. She searched the inside of my leg and then, for want of a better word, grabbed my undercarriage.

"It was horrible -- by far the worst experience I have had at a match. Outside the stadium there was another lady crying. She was heartbroken, inconsolable. I don't know what had happened to her. There was nobody you could speak to. You were made to feel that if you complained to the Spaniards, you would not have been allowed in."

Seville police monitor Liverpool fans during Champions League clash at Sevilla
Police monitor Liverpool fans during their Champions League game against Sevilla.

Chair of Liverpool supporter group Spirit of Shankly, Jay McKenna, claimed some away fans were refused entry to the Champions League match and were assaulted by police and stewards.

Vicki Kropp's husband, Ty, says he saw police use unnecessary violence and that the scene inside the stadium was one of chaos.

"We were outside the stadium 75 minutes before kickoff," Ty added. "When we got in, it was a complete farce. Stewards were saying to sit anywhere. It was a joke -- there was no organisation.

"I saw police laying into young lads for no reason. I saw one give one of our fans a belt across the head with a baton. He was laughing as [the fan] lay on the floor. It was as bad as anything I've seen."

UEFA said on Wednesday that they were "aware that there were some issues at the away supporters' entrances in regards to fans accessing the stadium."

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.


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