Far-off from the mayhem, within the leafy tranquillity of St George’s Park, it seems like a tipping point for football. No sooner had Eric Dier revealed that he not allows his family to go to away games amid fears of violence, than Jordan Henderson admits his ex-copper dad plans to boycott the World Cup because “enough is enough”.
The proud parents of those on the very top of our national game are actually too scared to go to football matches after major showpieces have been ruined by a mix of bestial fan behaviour and woefully inadequate policing.
“There’s nothing higher, if you have got a little bit boy, than to observe him play football,” Brian Henderson, told the Liverpool FC YouTube channel on the tenth anniversary of his son signing for the club. “These are one of the best times of your life.”
And yet Jordan Henderson, a near certainty to make the England squad following Kalvin Phillips injury, is about for an uphill struggle to steer his biggest supporter to hitch him in Qatar.
“My dad said that after the Champions League final that that was him done,” Henderson said.
“When it gets closer to it, I believe there’s numerous security elements and things which might be happening in Qatar that I’m sure will make people more protected.
“But if you’ve had those experiences sometimes you’re thinking that, ‘Is it value risking it?’”
Chaotic policing in Paris ahead of the match between Liverpool and Real Madrid in May delayed entry into the stadium and left fans from each clubs as easy prey for local criminals to loot for wallets and match tickets.
“It was pretty horrific,” Henderson said. “After I spoke to a few of my friends and my family and my dad, it was pretty bad.
“In Paris for the ultimate, if the fans weren’t respectful there might have been quite a bit more problems, to be fair, so I believe the fans were amazing.
“It was the authorities and the people across the stadium that weren’t and were causing issues.
“But I suppose as a fan, in the event you’re going to the sport and also you do not feel comfortable and you’re feeling threatened by whatever situation, you are not going to need to go again. And it’s so simple as that basically.”
The sport got here just 10 months after Henderson’s wife Rebecca and kids Alexa, 7, and Alba, 6 got caught up within the drunken mayhem that surrounded the showpiece Wembley Euro 2020 final.
“My wife and children tried to get in a side door they usually were trapped.,” Henderson said.
“She was attempting to get the youngsters away from all the center of that was happening and eventually I believe after about 15 or 20 minutes, any person recognised her.
“Luckily, because they knew it was my family, they allow them to in quickly.
“Nevertheless it might have been trouble. Other kids and other parents around may not have been as lucky as that
“Then my dad was involved a little bit bit, a few of the a few of the players’ dads, like Harry Maguire’s, were hurt badly and when people see that and when persons are in that situation they usually feel threatened.
“Again, if it was me, I would not need to put myself in that situation.”