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Liverpool fans racially abused during boy's first game are surprised by the club's gesture

Liverpool fans racially abused during boy's first game are surprised by the club's gesture

Saturday 13th April 2019

A British Pakistani family who were subjected to vile racist abuse that left a six-year-old at his first Liverpool game in "floods of tears" have praised the club's amazing gesture, reports Daily Mirror.

Mr and Mrs Amir Malik their son and daughter to Anfield for the Liverpool Legends v Milan Glorie fixture in March.

But the children were left in tears after 37-year-old Steven Gallagher launched a racist tirade calling the father a "***** p*i b*******".

Gallagher had muttered racial slurs at the family but exploded into a rage when Mr Malik's son accidentally knocked his seat with his foot. The 37-year-old, of Orchard Drive, Portglenone, has since been banned from the ground for life after admitting the abuser. He was also sentenced to six weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and fined £250.

Almost four weeks on from the incident, Mr Malik took to Twitter to thank Liverpool Football Club for an amazing gesture they have made to his family.
Amir said: "I just want to say a massive thank you to LFC for giving me tickets to take the kids back to Anfield this Sunday to watch us play against Chelsea FC.

"Can't wait. Just told my boy he's going to watch Mo Salah play live and he's just gone crazy." The dad-of-two also said that he hoped the match on Sunday would help his children forget the "horrible memory" of their first match.

He added: "This is going to be the best experience ever for the kids and something they will always remember.

"Thank you to Tony Barrett for sorting this all out and thank you to my LFC family for showing us so much love."

At the time of the incident Mr Malik said: "This was my son's first Liverpool game. I have been subject to racist abuse in the past but my children have not.

"I felt it is disgusting that a grown man would act in such a way in complete disregard as to the presence of children and their young age."

credits: Liverpool Echo WS and Daily Mirror