Liverpool legend Alan Kennedy feared another Hillsborough after the violent crush outside last week's Champions League final and admits he was 'really, really afraid'
- Liverpool legend Alan Kennedy reveals he feared a repeat of Hillsborough
- Kennedy was one of many Liverpool fans caught in violent Stade de France crush
- The former left-back says he was certain that 'there was going to be loss of life'
- UEFA apologised for blaming Liverpool fans for causing police to use tear gas
Kennedy admitted to being ‘really, really afraid’ before he was helped over a security fence by fellow supporters to escape the crowd.
The 67-year-old, who scored the winner when Liverpool beat Real Madrid to win the 1981 European Cup final in Paris, was one of thousands of supporters who struggled to get into the stadium.
Former left-back Alan Kennedy won the Champions League with Liverpool in 1981 and 1984
Kennedy, who was at the match with his son, told CNN: ‘I have to say, it was absolute chaos. And if it wasn’t for my son and if it wasn’t for the people helping me to get over the fence — and it was a metal fence which was difficult to get over — if they weren’t there, then I would have been in serious trouble.
‘The pressure was coming from all sides. It seemed to be that, you know, people were coming from the right. They were coming from the left. They were even coming from straight on.
‘Whichever way we turned, we were going the wrong way. I remember being at a point where I just said to myself: this is so dangerous. There’s going to be a loss of life. I felt as though I was physically struggling against a lot of people. I was really, really afraid.’
Kennedy feared a repeat of the tragic 1989 Hillsborough disaster
Kennedy added that he was aware of ‘the tragedies that have been over the years. And I would never wish that on anybody because you don’t know which is the best way to turn. You didn’t know which was the best way to go.’
Of those tragedies, the most well- known in English football is the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster. During an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, 97 fans were killed in a crush due to overcrowding in the stands.
Following widespread criticism after the Paris debacle, Uefa has finally apologised to Liverpool and Real Madrid fans after initially blaming supporters of the English club — who were tear gassed by local police — accusing them of not having tickets and sparking the disorder.
UEFA has since apologised for saying Liverpool fans were responsible for causing the violence
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