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EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle owners escape serious injury as balaclava-clad men drive too fast at fans outside Anfield, leaving some injured and others scrambling in fear for their lives – with Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi ‘shaken’
- Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi were shocked on Tuesday evening
- Scrambler bike rode through fans and passed inches in front of the pair
- Bike finally crashed in Stanley Park and two men were arrested
Newcastle United owners narrowly escaped serious injury when a motorbike ridden by balaclavas was driven recklessly and at high speed by terrified supporters outside Anfield, with some injured and the scores fleeing in fear for their lives.
Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi were approaching the stadium 90 minutes before kick-off on Wednesday night when the scrambler bike – with a suspected drug dealer and involved in an electric bike chase – passed through fans in a pedestrian zone, passing just a few feet in front of the property lot. from Newcastle.
Ghodoussi told Sportsmail: “The bike flew right past us and could have easily hit us. It was a terrifying incident. Amanda was quite shaken up, but calmed down once we got to the stadium. Fortunately, serious injuries appear to have been avoided. But it could have been a lot worse, the bike went straight into the crowd.’
Newcastle owners Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi suffered fear outside Anfield
The bike eventually crashed into Stanley Park when a police officer intervened and the two men, who were thrown out, were arrested, the rider on suspicion of drink driving. One of the occupants was injured and required medical attention.
Witnesses also describe a supporter, believed to be a middle-aged man, who was left in a “bad way” and struggled to breathe. One person, including one who was hit by the bicycle, was taken to hospital by ambulance.
Former England defender Danny Mills was lucky not to get hit and he told us: ‘I had picked up my media accreditation and was walking back to the stadium on the corner of Stanley Park when I suddenly heard this ridiculous engine. sound.
The scrambler bike rode through fans in a pedestrian zone on Wednesday night
“It was squeezed through an opening and into a pedestrian zone full of supporters. A few people were hit on the road before the police could knock them off the bike. But it could have been so much worse. It was an area full of supporters, including children. They went with some speed and you were really afraid for the safety of people.’
Another witness told us that the sound of the engine alerted people to its presence, but due to the large number of fans it was not visible until it got very close, causing supporters, including terrified children, to jump to safety. They say it was lucky no one was killed given the speed of the bike.
A Merseyside Police spokesman told Sportsmail: “We have arrested two men following an incident outside Anfield stadium on Wednesday, August 31, where a scrambler bike allegedly came into contact with pedestrians.
The scrambler bike finally crashed as it entered Stanley Park and two men were arrested
The scrambler bike, which was being ridden by two men wearing balaclavas, is believed to have been involved in an electric bike chase around 97:00 on Avenue 97 and Dahlia Walk, close to Liverpool.
“The scrambler is said to have made contact with a number of pedestrians before being brought to a stop outside the ground by an officer. The stop caused the rider and passenger to fall off and they were both arrested.
“There are no reports that members of the public have been seriously injured. One of the bike’s riders suffered facial and shoulder injuries and was treated medically.
Newcastle lost the match 2-1 with Fabio Carvalho scoring a winner in the 98th minute for Liverpool
The rider of the bicycle, a 30-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of S5 RTA (drug driving), causing serious injury through dangerous driving and suspected theft of a motor vehicle.
The passenger, a 23-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of possession for the purpose of delivering Class B drugs, suspected theft of a motor vehicle and other traffic offences.
The bicycle has been recovered and the investigation into the incident is ongoing. The incident was voluntarily referred to the Independent Behavioral Police Bureau.’
The game ended in a 2-1 victory for Liverpool, who scored the winning goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time via substitute Fabio Carvalho.