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Jordan Henderson: My family had a horrific experience in Champions League final

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Stade de France descended into chaos before last season’s Champions League final.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has admitted his family could stop attending his games after going through a number of bad stadium experiences.

Henderson played for Liverpool in their Champions League final against Real Madrid last season. The Reds lost 1-0 and missed out on the title, but Henderson’s family had other reasons to be upset.

“My family and friends have had a couple of experiences over the last couple of years, which has really shocked them and probably put them off going to future games,” Henderson told reporters. 

“My wife and kids had to try and get in a side door (at Wembley) which they wouldn’t let them in at the beginning. And they were trapped.”

He added: “My dad said that, after the Champions League final, that was him done. 

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“Some of my family got caught up in it which wasn’t ideal. A lot of the players’ families got caught up outside the stadium. I think it was pretty horrific.”

UEFA made an official statement to apologise to fans for their ‘frightening and distressing’ experience ahead of the Champions League final.

“UEFA wishes to sincerely apologise to all spectators who had to experience or witness frightening and distressing events in the build-up to the UEFA Champions League final at the Stade de France on May 28, 2022, in Paris, on a night which should have been a celebration of European club football.

“No football fan should be put in that situation, and it must not happen again,” European football’s governing body said in a statement.