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'It doesn't matter, I still celebrate' - Blind Liverpool fan on heartwarming moment

The video from Anfield has gone viral.

'I find it weird, the reaction. It's nice, but a little bit strange.'
'I find it weird, the reaction. It's nice, but a little bit strange.'

THERE WAS A lovely moment in the stands at Anfield the other night just after Mo Salah’s goal that ultimately sealed Liverpool’s progression in the Champions League.

Video footage soon went viral of a Liverpool fan describing the 34th-minute goal to his blind cousin.

26-year-old Mike Kearney, a livelong Reds supporter, was born with sight problems and has been registered blind since the age of seven.

“I’m like every other football fan — it doesn’t matter if I can’t see clearly, I still celebrate,” he told BBC Sport. “It was just relief that we scored.

“I wish I could see more but that doesn’t mean I can’t form an opinion of my own.

“It’s difficult for people that can see to understand, but I think of it as normal to me and I have been like that all my life. It’s just the way I watch the game.”

“It was very blurry,” he added. “Up close at the Kop End I am OK, but further away the ball gets harder to see. It wasn’t hard to work out what happened with noise.”


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Kearney also noted that he prefers to just listen to the atmosphere — and his friends — during the game, rather than listen to commentary.

“I like just being involved in the atmosphere and hearing what my cousin thinks – and anyone else, whether it’s five rows back and a pleasant comment or not.

“If it’s not my cousin Stephen with me then it’s other friends, it’s just normal for us. I find it weird, the reaction. It’s nice, but a little bit strange!”

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