Merseyside Police are appealing for information after a 17-year-old was ‘beaten repeatedly in an unprovoked attack’ after watching Liverpool play Benfica and taken to hospital hospital where he had a seizure
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A teenager suffered a seizure in hospital after being punched repeatedly in an unprovoked attack following a birthday present to watch Liverpool play at Anfield, his furious father has claimed.
The 17-year-old, from Shropshire, was surprised by his girlfriend’s tickets to see Liverpool face Benfica in the Champions League last Wednesday, ahead of his 18th birthday.
After the match, the couple went to a restaurant in the city center and it was while they were returning to their hotel that the teenager was attacked in a ‘savage’ attack which led to him snapping the jaw, reported the Liverpool Echo.
On the way back to the Mercure Hotel in Chapel Street, the teenager started talking about football to a man, described as being in his 30s.
After waking up, the victim’s father, who asked to remain anonymous, said his son was “rescued” by his attacker, who punched him in the face repeatedly around 11 p.m.
The teenager’s father told The ECHO: “He (the striker) said something about football and my son said it was a good game. He then walked away and told him. followed and hit him on the back of the head.
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“They ran into their hotel and the man kept attacking him, he was hitting him again and again. He then stole my son’s coat and wallet and ran away.
“He was rushed to hospital and had a seizure due to his injuries. We have just had him transferred to a hospital here in Shropshire and he will be undergoing surgery soon.”
The boy’s father said his son was “traumatized” by the incident which was a completely unprovoked attack.
He said: “He’s a very good boy, he was brought up well, he had good parents and he’s just a good boy. He’s traumatized by this, I don’t think he’ll be the same. or that he will return to town.
“It’s disgusting that this happened to my son, a grown man completely brutalized him in a totally unprovoked attack.”
Merseyside Police are investigating the incident and are asking anyone who witnessed the attack or has CCTV footage to get in touch. The attacker is believed to be a Caucasian male in his 30s, 5ft 9in tall, tall and with short brown/black hair.
Detective Inspector Amy Smith said: “Inquiries are in the very early stages to establish what happened. I would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Old Hall Street and Chapel Street at the time. there and who saw or heard anything, or any taxi drivers who were in the area who think they captured something on their dash cam show up and talk to us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 22000255236.