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Video: 11-year-old Liverpool fan picks up the Europa League trophy with Chelsea

Published 17/05/2013 | 04:58

Chelsea players pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final
Chelsea players pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final
Chelsea's David Luiz with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Chelsea's John Terry (right) with Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay (centre) and Bruce Buck during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland
Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta (left) and Branislav Ivanovic celebrate after winning the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland
Chelsea players celebrate with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland
Chelsea's John Terry and Ashley Cole celebrate after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Chelsea's John Terry with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic celebrates after winning during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Chelsea's David Luiz celebrates after winning the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech celebrates with the UEFA Europa League trophy after winning the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena
Chelsea lift the UEFA Europa League trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only when not based solely on any team and/or any player(s) and/or devoted to the UEFA Europa League. No commercial use. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez celebrates with the UEFA Europa League trophy after the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena
Chelsea's Frank Lampard (centre) and his team-mates lift the UEFA Europa League trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Chelsea's Frank Lampard and interim manager Rafael Benitez during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Holland
Chelsea's Petr Cech and Frank Lampard celebrate winning the UEFA Europa League during the UEFA Europa League Final at the Amsterdam Arena
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Enzo Perez of Benfica is consoled by Pablo Aimar of Benfica during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Ex-Ajax and Netherlands footballer Johan Cruyff congratulates Chelsea Interim Manager Rafael Benitez after the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Dejected Benfica players look on after the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Ola John of Benfica reacts after defeat during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Luisao of Benfica tackles Ramires of Chelsea during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Oscar Cardozo of Benfica looks on during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Eduardo Salvio of Benfica looks on during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea and Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Oscar Cardozo of Benfica lies on the pitch after defeat during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea and Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea and Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Luisao of Benfica looks on during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Luisao of Benfica reacts during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Chelsea Interim Manager Rafael Benitez and his coaching staff pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres of Chelsea pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Marko Marin of Chelsea and Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea celebrate with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Chelsea Chief Executive Ron Gourlay celebrates with John Terry of Chelsea during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Paulo Ferreira of Chelsea celebrates on the pitch with his son during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Juan Mata of Chelsea is marshalled by Nicolas Gaitan of Benfica during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea lifts the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Ashley Cole of Chelsea celebrates with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea throws his boots to the fans during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: John Terry of Chelsea applauds the fans during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: (L-R) Oriol Romeu, Fernando Torres, Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata of Chelsea pose with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Gary Cahill of Chelsea and tea mates celebrate victory during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: (L-R) David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar of Chelsea pose with trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: John Terry of Chelsea celebrates with his children Georgie and Summer during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Petr Cech of Chelsea celebrates with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Chelsea Interim Manager Rafael Benitez poses with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea throws his boots to the fans during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea is congratulated by UEFA President Michel Platini during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Fernando Torres of Chelsea poses with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Fernando Torres of Chelsea poses with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea is congratulated by UEFA President Michel Platini during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea lifts the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: A dejected Luisao and Manager Jorge Jesus of Benfica walk through a Chelsea guard of honour for during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Frank Lampard of Chelsea lifts the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Artur of Benfica looks on as Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea (not pictured) scores the winning goal during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Viewers of the Europa League final, won 2-1 by Chelsea, may have wondered what a young boy was doing sandwiched between Fernando Torres and David Luiz as the players went to collect the cup. Uefa president Michel Platini, who was handing out the medals, certainly look perplexed.

The mystery boy has been revealed to be an 11-year-old Liverpool supporter. The Liverpool Echo name him as Louis Kearns and explain how he managed to get involved in the celebrations.

 

As Torres and manager Rafael Benitez waited to go and collect the cup, Louis ran across to have his picture taken with them. But when the players began to ascend the steps at the Amsterdam ArenA to lift the trophy, Louis went with them.

 

Louis was nearly awarded with a medal by Platini, but didn't appear disappointed when he didn't get one, turning around to face the fans and perform a little jig. He nearly remained for the lifting of the cup but was spotted by a spoilsport Uefa official and whisked off just before it was raised by Terry and Frank Lampard.

 

His aunt, Francesca Kearns, is quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying: "Louis loves Torres so when he saw the opportunity he followed them to where they got their medals. He nearly ended up getting a medal.

 

"He loves football and he was really pleased he got to shake the hand of Uefa's President Michel Platini."

 

You can watch the video below (skip one minute into the footage)...

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