Fans travel to Ghent instead of Genk for Champions League match

The pair ended up two hours away from Genk

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Two Liverpool fans were left red-faced after travelling to the wrong Belgian city and missing their side's Champions League match on Wednesday.

Rob, from London, and Lee, from Leicester, went to Ghent instead of Genk, and only realised their mistake half an hour before the match was due to start.

It forced them to instead watch the game in an Irish cafe more than two hours away from the city they had intended to visit.

The duo had spent £130 each on rail tickets, as well as £60 on match tickets.

Reflecting on the incident, Rob said: "We took a taxi from the airport and drove past the stadium and said to the taxi driver, 'We are going there tonight to watch Liverpool', but he didn't say much.

"In hindsight that should have made us realise."

He continued: "When we were checking into the hotel, the person working looked at us a bit quizzically but it was only when we went out to a restaurant, the waiter was a Ghent fan, and he told us our mistake.

"We were absolutely gutted. By then it was too late - even if we had left immediately we wouldn't have made the match."

The pair have been invited back by Genk football team, to watch the Ghent versus Genk match in January as VIPs with a dinner and guided tour of the stadium.

Rob continued: "Me and Lee have a bit of a track record for this. Last time we tried to watch Liverpool we got on the wrong train - instead of taking the fast train, we ended up on the slow train which took six hours.

"I think next time we will let someone else book the travel."

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