Liverpool confirmed on Wednesday it’s intention to investigate claims that fans were mistreated by Spanish police, with some allegedly assaulted and denied entry to the stadium as they travelled to Seville ahead of the 3-3 Champions League draw.
One female Liverpool supporter claimed she was punched in the back by a Spanish officer, whilst other fans have claimed officers were heavy handed.
One of those affected was a female committee member of the unofficial supporters union for fans of Liverpool F.C. the Spirit of Shankly.
According to fellow committee member Phil Rowan, Burgess along with fellow supporter Sam Armstrong was carrying a red flag emblazoned with a Liver Bird and the word ‘defiance.’ After being refused entry due to the ‘political’ flag Anna was hit by one of the officers and dragged from the area.
The flag deemed too political by officers had been previously approved by LFC and had not caused any problems previously at other football grounds.
At kick off half of the away section was empty because of delays and fans being refused entry. Some of those who managed to gain entry were made to sit in any seat rather than the one they had been allocated.
A spokesman for Liverpool said:”Following detailed and troubling accounts given by Liverpool supporters attending the match against Sevilla last night, the club is seeking to establish the facts regarding their treatment at the hands of the host stewards and local police force.
“The safety and security of our supporters is our paramount concern and we intend to gather all the relevant information before responding further.”
UEFA has subsequently told Sky Sports News: “We are aware that there were some issues at the away supporters entrances in regards to fans accessing the stadium. We have no further comment to make at this stage.”