Liverpool signing Borini reveals emotional connection with FC Gomel

Liverpool signing Fabio Borini is happy to be making his competitive debut against Europa League opponents FC Gomel.

Liverpool signing Fabio Borini is happy to be making his competitive debut against Europa League opponents FC Gomel.

FC Gomel may be relative unknowns for many, but Borini is well aware of the area having been involved in charity work with youngsters from the region during his childhood.

Situated approximately 80 miles from Chernobyl, Gomel was contaminated with radioactive debris following the nuclear power plant disaster in 1986.

"I've got a big connection with Gomel," Borini revealed to Liverpoolfc.comI. "When I was younger, my family would take children from a village near Gomel to Italy because when the Chernobyl disaster happened, a lot of nuclear radiation went over the area.

"The children needed to breathe good air and get medical checks to make sure everything was fine.

"We helped them by taking them for one month a year in the summer so we could do all of these things for them and let them see Italy.

"I actually have a tattoo that is my name written in Russian to remember this. "

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