Monday, 28 May 2018
Loris Karius: Police investigate death threats to Liverpool goalkeeper
Police are investigating death threats made to Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius after two of his mistakes played a major part in the English Premier League side's 3-1 Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid. The 24-year-old German and his family have been the focus of social media threats and hate messages after Saturday's match in Kiev, Ukraine.
"The force takes social media posts of this nature extremely seriously and any offenses identified will be investigated," said a statement from Merseyside Police, which covers the Liverpool region.
"Merseyside Police would like to remind social media users than any offenses including malicious communications and threatening behavior will be investigated."
The German had an evening to forget in the Ukrainian capital, with Real scoring from his errors in the 51st and 83rd minute.
Indeed, the final in the Olimpiyskiy Stadium will be remembered as much for Karius' dreadful mistakes as the spectacular bicycle kick from Gareth Bale which put the Spaniards 2-1 ahead.
Karius was distraught at the final whistle and posted on social media Sunday that he was "infinitely sorry" to his teammates, Liverpool fans and staff.
"Haven't really slept until now. The scenes are still running through my head again and again,"the goalkeeper wrote.
"I know I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down.
"As I said I'd just like to turn back the time but that's not possible. It's even worse as we all felt that we could have beaten Real Madrid and we were in the game for a long time."