French minister blames Liverpool fans for Champions League final chaos
Paris police publish pictures of FAKE tickets that they claim caused chaos at Champions League final as French minister blames ‘thousands of Liverpool fans with counterfeits’ who ‘forced entry and assaulted stewards’
- The Champions League final descended into chaos after Liverpool fans were crushed and teargassed outside the Stade de France
- Kick-off was delayed by over half-an-hour after fans were locked outside
- UEFA blamed the chaos on Liverpool fans with fake tickets or no ticket at all
- French interior minister Gerald Darmanin also blamed the Liverpool support
- He claimed they forced entry to the ground and assaulted stewards
- Liverpool have called for a formal investigation into the dangerous scenes
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Parisian police have published pictures of the fake tickets that allegedly caused chaos at Saturday night’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.
It came as the French interior minister blamed ‘thousands of British “supporters” without tickets or with counterfeit tickets’ for the horrific scenes outside the Stade de France.
Kick-off was delayed by 36 minutes as a dangerous situation developed outside the Stade de France in Paris as thousands of Liverpool fans were crushed and teargassed by police.
UEFA initially blamed supporters arriving late at the stadium for the shambolic scenes at entrance gates but later attributed the issues to fans trying to gain access with fake tickets, which caused delays.
And interior minister Gerald Darmanin has also attempted to point the finger of blame at Liverpool fans.
He tweeted a picture of himself in the police control room at the Stade de France alongside French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera and wrote: ‘With @AOC1978, at the Stade de France security headquarters.
‘Thousands of British “supporters”, without tickets or with counterfeit tickets, forced entry and sometimes assaulted the stewards.
‘Thank you to the very many police forces mobilized this evening in this difficult context.’
Chaos erupted outside the Stade de France ahead of Saturday night’s Champions League final as police used pepper spray and teargas on Liverpool supporters locked outside
Liverpool fans with genuine tickets were left stuck outside after ticketless supporters attempted to gain access amid chaotic scenes
Local police said there had been 68 arrests in the city and around the stadium during the day, with 174 people ‘slightly hurt’ without giving further details. A source said the injuries were mainly from tear gas inhalation.
The Parisian authorities earlier tweeted out a picture of a counterfeit ticket for the final, saying 50 had been seized and one arrest made.
It came as Liverpool demanded a formal inquiry after hundreds of their supporters, including pregnant women and young children, were targeted with tear gas during the chaos ahead of the final.
A club statement from Liverpool FC after the match read: ‘We are hugely disappointed at the stadium entry issues and breakdown of the security perimeter that Liverpool fans faced this evening at Stade de France.
‘This is the greatest match in European football and supporters should not have to experience the scenes we have witnessed tonight. We have officially requested a formal investigation into the causes of these unacceptable issues.’
French interior minister Gerald Darmanin has blamed ticketless Liverpool fans for the chaos
Kick-off was delayed by 36 minutes with thousands of supporters still locked outside
Riot police used batons to push back supporters outside some gates, which had been locked supposedly to prevent those without tickets, or with fake tickets, from getting inside.
UEFA released a statement saying fans with forged tickets in the Liverpool end caused a bottleneck because the ticket barcodes would not scan at the turnstiles.
Elsewhere French riot police were also accused of attacking Liverpool supporters watching their side lose the final from a dedicated fan zone in the Place de la Nation, Paris.
Scores of heavily armed officers were filmed hitting those who had gathered there, with a chilling video showing women among the victims of the police violence, which seemed to be unprovoked.
‘The police came at the fans with batons and shields,’ said an onlooker who witnessed the trouble, which came during the first half.
Angry Liverpool fans described rough treatment by French riot police as they tried to get in
Riot police and Liverpool fans pictured at the entry to the Stade de France in Paris
‘Officers had been standing by with water cannon and other crowd control devices all day, and their numbers increased as the day went on.
‘They seemed to be unhappy with the amount of drinking that went on, and so decided to move in. It seemed to be unprovoked.’
A police source said the officers were responding to ‘crown trouble’ among the thousands of Liverpool fans around Place de la Nation.
Footage posted online also appeared to show fans climbing over fences at the Stade de France and rushing up steps leading to seating areas with no attempt to stop them.
Twenty-five minutes before the scheduled kick off Paris police put out a tweet urging fans not to ‘rush the gates’ as they approached the ground. But by then there were already reports of tear gas and pepper spray being used on fans who had been queuing more than two hours to get in.
A father covers his face, and his son pulls up his coat over his eyes after Liverpool fans were teargassed by French riot police
174 people were reported injured with many suffering the effects of smoke inhalation
Journalists caught up in the chaos allege they were ‘forced to delete’ incriminating footage of the heavy-handed security response before UEFA officials intervened to calm the situation.
Gary Lineker led the condemnation as he offered a scathing assessment of the security situation at the Stade de France ahead of the delayed UEFA Champions League final.
Speaking to AP while queuing, a fan said: ‘It’s absolutely horrendous. There’s a bottleneck down there and there’s literally a six-foot gap for maybe 20,000 Liverpool fans to get in.
‘We are absolutely being pushed from pillar to post. I have an 82-year-old father in law here. It’s just madness. I’m really sorry but there are just thousands behind us.’
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