Devastated Liverpool FC fan's Champions League Final ticket stolen by pickpocket

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A devoted Liverpool fan missed his team’s Champions League final victory because his ticket was stolen as he travelled to the stadium.

Mark Challinor, 57, was left distraught after a pickpocket swiped his wallet on a train in Madrid.

He said he was “in a state of panic” when he realised the wallet containing the ticket had been nicked.

The media consultant added: “You live for moments like seeing your team lift the European Cup – now I’ve missed it.”

Desperate Mark showed the ticket office a copy of his £160 ticket – obtained via the club ballot – on his phone but they told him it was a police matter.

He said: “I ended up at a police station about 20 minutes away and there were a dozen or so fans in the same situation.

“I gave up in the end and went to watch the first half [in a bar]with a Spurs fan who I befriended. At half-time I went back to the police station because I thought there was a chance they’d help.

“But all I did was give them a statement and ended up missing the whole second half.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool FC celebrates the team’s massive win

“Being in Madrid and experiencing the build-up to the game was amazing. But to then miss it because someone stole my wallet is heart-wrenching.

“My friend in the stadium said my seat was empty all game. The person who took my wallet only wanted the cash.”

Mark, who lives in Canary Wharf, East London, but is originally from Childwall, Liverpool , made his way back into the Spanish city to celebrate the 2-0 victory over Spurs, but he said the occasion was “tainted”.

Mark, an Anfield season-ticket holder for 45 years, said governing body UEFA’s handling of his nightmare at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium was “shambolic”.

He added that UEFA should bring in email tickets with barcodes to replace paper ones.

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