Two Liverpool fans committed suicide after Paris final: ‘They revived Hillsborough’

Two Liverpool fans, aged 52 and 63, who survived the Hillsborough tragedy, committed suicide after watching footage of the riots at the Stade de France in Paris of the Liverpool-Real Madrid Champions League final. The images would have “awakened” the trauma suffered.

Author: Lorenzo Bonuomo

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They were watching television to cheer for their favorite team, Liverpool, in the Champions League final against Real Madrid on 28 May. They could not have imagined that that event, in addition to sanctioning their team’s defeat, would awaken the ghosts of an old nightmare, buried in their memory for 33 years: the Hillsborough massacre. The greatest tragedy in the history of English football.

The victims of this story are two English fans aged 52 and 63, whose identity remains unknown: the first committed suicide a week after the final, the other committed suicide about two weeks ago. The news came last September 26, Peter Scarfepresident ofHillsborough Survivor Support Alliance (Hssa), the psychological support group for survivors of the Hillsborough massacre.

According to Scarfe, the two men would have made the extreme gesture because mentally destroyed by that psychological wound that was suddenly reopened. The two fans would have been impressed by the images of the riots that took place in front of the Stade de France before the match. Fights that caused a 35-minute delay in kick-off.

The footage of the angry crowd in front of the stadium turnstiles, blocked by a disastrous organization of spectator entry procedures, would have suddenly awakened the traumatic memory of what happened in the two in Sheffield on 15 April 1989: on that occasion, 96 Liverpool fans died in the stands of a sector of Hillsborough Stadium, crushed by the snake of people pushing from outside to enter. That day, the Reds were playing the FA Cup final against Nottingham Forests.

“This year alone we have had three suicides. Many. The first took place just before the anniversary of the tragedy, because the victim did not want to experience another. The other two were godsreactivate’from the Stade de France’. These are the words released by the president of the Hssa, reported later by Liverpool Eco, last September 26th.

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“Retrigger”: That’s What Driven Both Fans to Suicide

In psychology, “trigger effect” (trans. “Trigger”) means the sudden emergence of negative emotions related to events experienced in the past. The trigger effect is strongly anchored to the post-traumatic stress disorder treatment: as explained in Republic the psychotherapist Adriana Valloneit is nothing more than “a stimulus, yes apparently harmless for some, which nevertheless triggers in some individuals a reaction in relation to an event in the past, often of a traumatic nature”.

According to what Scarfe said, in essence, the two fans could not have endured the vortex of painful emotions generated by these images, very similar to the traumatic experience lived at Hillsborough Stadium 33 years earlier: anomalous lines, overcrowding, loss of control on the part of authorities, clashes with the police. There were no casualties at the Stade de France. But that would not have been enough to prevent the psychological collapse of the two fans. Which would have led them to take their own lives.

The Hillsborough Massacre: The Truth Has Come Out After 27 Years of Trials

Peter Scarfe spoke about the fans who committed suicide in an event on the sidelines of the last labor conference, on the 26th of September: a debate on the “hillsborough law”The president of Hssa himself stated that many other fans, who were present at the Stade de France on the 28th of May, had to resort to group therapy.

In addition, around 1,700 Liverpool fans – as recently reported by the BBC – have sued UEFA for the injuries – both physical and psychological – reported following the incidents that took place inside and outside the Paris stadium.

The Hillsborough Act concerns a legislative proposal put forward by the committee “Hillsborough Law now”, a mixed association of lawyers, activists and ordinary workers fighting for justice against victims of “public calamities”. Keir Starmerhe recently promised to include the in the party’s statute, should he be elected to the post of prime minister.

Indeed, the families of the victims of the Hillsborough massacre had to fight a 27-year legal battle for justice, under the motto “Justice for the 96”: Only in April 2016 did the Warrington jury, at the conclusion of an investigation strongly desired by the British government, decide that the death of the fans was caused by the negligence of the local police, the “South Yorkshire Police”.

The sentence definitively exonerated the “hooligans”, initially blamed for the disaster by the British media, reminiscent of the Heysel tragedy of just four years earlier. Five people have been indicted, including the former police commander David Duckenfield.

The South Yorkshire Police, concerned about the mass of people in front of the sector, did in fact have the unfortunate idea of ​​opening Leppings Lane’s “Gate C”, letting fans in without proper ticket control. A deadly mob followed, in which 96 red-shirted fans died. After 27 years of lies and misdirection, the victims’ families have won justice.

Even at the “Stade de France” in Paris on May 28, many people without tickets managed to escape ticket control. This time, simply climbing fences. As demonstrated by several testimonies of those in attendance released that night on Twitter.

Source: Fan Page IT