Champions League final: Liverpool fans unfairly accused of Paris fiasco for ‘diverting attention’, French Senate says | Soccer News


Liverpool fans have been unfairly blamed for the fiasco surrounding the Champions League final for ‘diverting attention’ from organizational failures, according to a scathing report from the French Senate.

The senate, the upper house of the French parliament, published its provisional findings on Wednesday, 46 days after the showpiece event at the Stade de France which was overshadowed by crowd problems before and after the match.

Liverpool supporters were sprayed with tear gas and the game was delayed for more than half an hour to deal with overcrowding around the stadium, before the initial response from the French government condemned Reds supporters and accuse them of arriving with counterfeit notes.

The senate report noted masked rhetorical failings by the French authorities around the organization of the match, stating: “It is unfair to have wanted to blame the supporters of the Liverpool team for the disturbances which have occurred, such as the ’ made the Home Secretary distract from the state’s inability to adequately manage the crowds present and curb the action of several hundred violent and coordinated offenders.”

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Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol said the events outside the Stade de France did not match what French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin considered a fraud.

The report said the chaos was caused by a “chain of events and malfunctions” in the days and hours leading up to kick-off.

He adds: “The systems put in place had major shortcomings with regard to intelligence (absence of hooligans but presence of criminals in large numbers), transport routes for supporters (removal of a drop-off route near the stadium ) and poor communication.

“It was not only in the execution that the problems appeared. Upstream, the crisis scenarios were insufficiently worked on and did not show the necessary flexibility in the face of so many unforeseen events.”

The report’s co-chair, Laurent Lafon, said it was accepted by all senators involved in the investigation and was caused by a “chain of administrative errors” that allowed all parties to feel that someone else was to blame.

“The seriousness of what happened at the Stade de France shows that there are a lot of decisions to be made so that it does not happen again at the Rugby World Cup or the Olympic Games,” he said. declared.

“It is unfair to have sought to blame Liverpool supporters for the unrest when the Home Secretary [Gérald Darmanin] did to distract from the state’s inability to adequately manage crowds.

“There was a need to communicate clearly on the transport of supporters from the station between the prefect of police, the French Football Federation and the rail operators but this did not happen.

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Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold reacts at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Stade de France in Saint Denis near Paris on Saturday May 28, 2022. Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1 -0. (AP Photo/

“We recommend communicating more with football fans and improving the attractiveness of the surroundings of the Stade de France so that people agree to arrive early.

“We want the authorities’ view of football fans to change, that’s a strong recommendation we make.”

What happened in the Champions League final?

The showpiece game between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Stade de France in May was overshadowed by serious problems around the stadium.

Dangerous crushes have formed over access issues and many fans have been tear gassed or pepper sprayed by police.

Some of Jurgen Klopp’s relatives experienced the issue first-hand but they didn’t tell the German about it until afterwards.

Last month, French senators called on the state to acknowledge responsibility and identify the culprits behind the chaos outside the national stadium that marred the event.

They also questioned why government officials allowed the deletion of surveillance video from the scene, in which police sprayed fans and families with pepper spray, instead of ordering it be turned over to investigators.

Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association chairman Ted Morris also reported on what happened on the day of the Champions League final to the French Senate.

Morris told Sky Sports News: “We arrived at the station at 3pm and it was surprising there wasn’t a single police officer there.

“We headed to the stadium and went to a McDonald’s for three hours. In those three hours, I’ve never seen so many fans pickpocketed in my life – it was one after the other. ‘other. It was absolutely bizarre. It gave us a glimpse of how the day would unfold.

“Then we headed to the smooth ticket control area, which was just not fit for purpose. There were locals who had just walked in. I had a chat with one of our police officers from Merseyside Police around 6.15pm and he was extremely worried about the events.

“It was just chaotic. There was no organization, no police presence at the turnstiles to help or even act as a deterrent.

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“I had no interest in the game because for two hours I received texts from people at the club and from our disabled supporters about the distress that was happening outside, so the game became simply irrelevant. We could have won 6-0 and I still wouldn’t have cared.

“I was going to leave at half time and I got a message saying not to leave at half time, it’s not safe. So we stayed until the 86th minute, left the floor and the steward wouldn’t open the door.We had a heated argument and he opened the door as there were still a lot of locals trying to get in.

“We walked to the metro station called La Plaine. We went under the underpass and there were a lot of police there. When we left the underpass, literally within a minute, there were hundreds people to our right who were attacking us. I am in a wheelchair and I was terrified.

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Paris police chief Didier Lallement apologizes to Liverpool fans who were in the Champions League final after some were gassed outside the Stade de France

“There were bottles raining, there were knives; they were running around, attacking people and running away. And when we finally got to the station, the police sprayed tear gas on us. I’ll never understand that , no matter how they try to explain it.

“We got on the accessible lift to the platform and there was a little girl about six years old in a Liverpool kit with her dad. Her eyes were watery, bright red and she was completely and utterly traumatized “All she had done was go to Paris to attend a football festival and how she will ever be able to attend a football match or even trust the authorities is beyond me. It was unnecessary and absolutely horrible.”

“It’s not just about Liverpool fans, it’s about all football fans”

Speaking on Sky Sports News, John Gibbons of The Anfield Wrap explained how the campaign against the treatment is on behalf of the wider football community.

“You hope to hear about more accountability,” he said. “The quotes we got from UEFA are a disgrace to be honest with you, so it looks like they don’t take any responsibility.

“The blame has been placed on the fans in the same way as French government ministers. I want accountability and I also want no football fan to have to put up with what we have been through.

“It’s not about Liverpool fans, it’s about all football fans who feel they can go and celebrate the game. That’s what it was in Madrid, it was in Kyiv and it should have been in Paris.

“You want guarantees from UEFA that in future they will make sure that everything goes well and that the fans who have spent a lot of money to be there are treated better and safer.

“After what we had been through, we couldn’t really care about the result, and it was a Champions League final.”

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