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Liverpool-supporting dad takes his son out of school for Champions League final

Liverpool-supporting pub landlord risks the wrath of teachers at his son’s school as he ADMITS to helping him bunk off to head to Paris for the Champions League final, with a text message about ‘bringing home No 7!’

Pub landlord Tage Herstad (left, in image) replied to his teenage son’s school to say he was missing school to travel to Paris for Liverpool’s Champions League final

A Liverpool-supporting dad has risked the wrath of his son’s high school by taking him out of school to head to Paris for the Champions League final. 

Thousands of Liverpool fans, including former Reds defender Jamie Carragher and his 19-year-old son James, have already set off for France, where they will see Jurgen Klopp’s team play Spanish side Real Madrid.

While the trip over the channel to get into France is not as arduous as the last time these two teams met in 2018 – when the final was in Kyiv, Ukraine – many supporters are keen to make a weekend of it, including travelling out on Thursday or Friday.

That meant one dad had to keep his son William out of school for the day in order to make the trip to Paris.

In a post from Tage Herstad, the landlord of popular fan spot Taggy’s bar, on Twitter, a note of absence had been sent via text message, with a request to justify why his teenage son had not registered on Thursday morning. 

The post, which has since gone viral and received more than 10,000 likes, shows William’s dad sending a selfie back to the school, with what appears to be a group waiting to get a ferry across to France.

‘That is correct,’ the response to William’s absence began. 

‘He is on his way to Paris with his dad and his dad’s very bad mates, to watch the treble chasing Reds in yet another CL [Champions League] final. 

‘He’ll hopefully bring home big ears No 7. #partytime #yolo #roflmao’ 

A follow-up post on Twitter showed the six-man group outside Gare de Bernay train station

A follow-up post on Twitter showed the six-man group outside Gare de Bernay train station 

There was a mixed response to the viral post, with one account claiming to have reported Tage and his son William due to 'truancy'

There was a mixed response to the viral post, with one account claiming to have reported Tage and his son William due to ‘truancy’ 

The viral story was met with instant scepticism, with one fan tagging the popular ‘Didn’t Happen Of The Year Award’ account.

In response to claims the story was untrue, Tage replied with a photo of himself, William, and his friends stood outside the Gare de Bernay train station.

Fans were split on the story, with some siding with Tage’s decision to take his son to the final, while others questioned the benefit of being taken out of school.

‘In fairness – Respect the response, he can catch up on 2 days of schoolwork easily but you can’t get back the memories of going to and being at a champions league final, or any big game, watching your team with your old man,’ Twitter user Matthew Chadaway wrote. 

‘It really doesn’t matter,’ Tage wrote back. 

‘It’s his third CL final, and hopefully not his last. This is the holy grail of club football, and I want him to be there with me.’

Liverpool fans have descended on Paris in their thousands ahead of the final on Saturday night

Liverpool fans have descended on Paris in their thousands ahead of the final on Saturday night

Liverpool face Spanish giants Real Madrid in a repeat of the 2018 Champions League final

Liverpool face Spanish giants Real Madrid in a repeat of the 2018 Champions League final

On the other side of the row, @TaffGoose wrote in response: ‘With a heavy heart I’ve reported your family to the police for truancy.

‘We need to bring #SELFRESPECT back to our schools.’

‘Do whatever you feel you have to do so it makes your life better mate. Crack on and work on bringing #selfrespect in to your own head,’ came the original poster’s response. 

The group of six’s will need another two-hour journey by train to reach Paris, before they can begin to soak up the atmosphere with the thousands who have already made the trip over.  

Liverpool’s stunning season concludes at the weekend when they face Real Madrid at the Stade de France in the Champions League final.

Victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side will see them win a Treble this term (alongside the Carabao Cup and FA Cup) – with Manchester City denying them the Premier League title by a point on the final day of the season.

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