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  • Liverpool's mayor unable to resolve flight 'shambles' for 730 fans

    Club to reimburse people who cannot make Champions League final in Kiev

    Liverpool fans whose flights to watch their side in the Champions League final in Ukraine were cancelled face bitter disappointment after the city’s mayor said he had been unable to resolve the “utter shambles” in time.

    More than 700 supporters face missing the game after two operators cancelled a total of three flights to Kiev because landing slots could not be allocated for them.

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    Just Spoke to @worldchoicespo customer service - 100% blaming Kiev airport. Allocated to many slots to private jets to make more money @Vitaliy_Klychko

    They also say @mayor_anderson is lying about the additional slots available and is spinning the PR line.

    0% chance of going

    So we’ve got a day to get a refund!!!!

    “Favourable outcome” ❌

    This whole situation is an absolute joke. Not @LFC fault but is that are left here just get a refund and all swept under the carpet eh?

    Not good enough on any level by any stakeholders apart from those let down https://t.co/Ex7BAxYjO8

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  • MH17: Australia and Netherlands accuse Russia of complicity

    Foreign minister says Australia will seek financial compensation from Moscow

    Russia is facing international calls to accept responsibility for the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, which caused the deaths of all 298 people onboard.

    Australia and the Netherlands on Friday accused Moscow of complicity in the incident, while Britain’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said the Kremlin “must now answer for its actions”.

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  • Liverpool fans brave transport misery for 'chance of a lifetime' final

    Businesses capitalising on Liverpool’s Champions League match with Real Madrid in Ukrainian capital Kiev

    When Anna and Ronnie Ellis each parted with £450 for a seat on an “executive” coach from Liverpool to Kiev, they were expecting a few little luxuries for the 30-hour journey to the Champions League football final. Plug sockets, a toilet, maybe even a TV. Somewhere to store their bags that wasn’t their own laps would have been nice.

    But the minibus that pulled up outside the Arkles pub in Anfield on Thursday was a little more … rustic. Let’s just say the jerry can a fellow passenger had brought with him from work “for emergencies” was likely to be in high demand on the 2,750km-journey to the Ukrainian capital. Given the number of pints sunk in the pub beforehand, it may well have been full by the time the bus trundled on to the M62. Yet the cheerful couple were determined to make the best of things. “There was no way we were going to miss the match,” said Anna, white wine in hand.

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