Jordan Henderson’s role as captain of Liverpool has seen him play in some of the biggest games on the football calendar and his family has always been by his side while he did so.
Speaking to The Guardian, our captain described how witnessing the events in Paris ahead of the Champions League final affected his father: “It was pretty awful, when I spoke to some of my friends, my family and my father, it was pretty bad.
“If the fans weren’t respectful there could have been a lot more problems. I think the fans were amazing.
“My dad said after the Champions League final that it was over. As we approach the World Cup… there are a lot of security elements and things going on in Qatar which, I am sure, will make people safer.
“But when you’ve had those experiences, sometimes you think, ‘Is it worth risking?’ We will have to take a closer look in time.”
Anyone who was in France for the game against Real Madrid will understand how heartbreaking it was, as the Sunderland-born midfielder’s family members made it clear.
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It is heartbreaking that events outside the Stade de France can cause fans to be too scared to attend major sporting events again, which is why there must be real repercussions for the actions of those responsible.
The Qatar World Cup will hopefully draw from the failed stewards and police in charge of UEFA’s flagship event, making it a safer event for all involved.
Hopefully we can see our skipper’s father again at games soon, when fans are finally no longer treated like animals at football games.
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