Liverpool confirm fan taken ill before Benfica clash has died

Liverpool's badge outside of Anfield.

Liverpool's famous badge outside of Anfield stadium.

Liverpool confirm fan taken ill before Benfica clash has died.

Liverpool beat Benfica on aggregate to advance to the Champions League semi-final.

LIVERPOOL Football Club have confirmed that a fan taken ill before their Champions League quarter-final clash against Benfica has died.

A club statement read: “It is with great regret that Liverpool Football Club can confirm that a supporter who was taken ill ahead of last night’s fixture against Benfica has sadly passed away.

“First and foremost, the condolences and the thoughts of everyone at the club are with the supporter’s family, loved ones and friends,” a club spokesperson said.

“We would like to thank the emergency services for their heroic efforts in providing urgent care and our appreciation to our medical professionals, stewards and all supporters in the vicinity of the incident for their assistance.”

The Reds drew 3-3 with the Portuguese side at Anfield on Wednesday, April 14 but advantaged to the semi-finals of the competition thanks to a 6-4 aggregate win. The win sees the Premier League club take on surprise semi-finalists from Spain, Villareal.

Tributes flooded social media following the news of the supporter’s death.

One person on Twitter said: “Saw it happen, was right opposite me. RIP and thoughts are with family and friends of supporter. YNWA.”

“It was directly opposite me sitting in the main stand. Full credit to the paramedics and support team as you could see them trying everything. Thoughts with the family involved. YNWA,” wrote another person.

Another person said: “Was awful to see. The game didn’t seem important really afterwards. Paramedics, doctors etc did their best and I was hoping for better news today.”

In the previous round, Liverpool’s Champions League match against Inter Milan was halted due to a medical emergency at Anfield.

The last-16 match on March 8 was quickly stopped by referee Antonio Mateu as medical assistance was given.

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