Stock Groups

Soccer-Blame game in France after ‘chaotic’ Champions League final -Breaking


© Reuters. Football Champions League Final: Liverpool v Real Madrid Stade de France Saint-Denis, France – May 28th, 2022. Police officers and fans at the turnstiles in the stadium during the delayed match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach


PARIS (Reuters) – The chaotic scenes that took place at the French national stadium prior to and during Saturday’s Champions League final have been branded a national embarrassment. French ministers blame Liverpool supporters for the chaos.

After police attempted to stop people trying to get into Stade de France with no tickets and some ticket holders complaining that they weren’t allowed in, the final between Liverpool & Real Madrid began after a delay of 35 minutes.

Television footage captured young men running from the stadium after they jumped the gates. A Reuters witness stated that tear gas was used on other outsiders, including children.

Some police officers broke into the stadium and others attacked those who tried to close it.

UEFA, the European soccer governing body, claimed that fake tickets were to blame for the problem. It also said that it will review the situation with French authorities as well as the French Football Federation. This statement was welcomed by Menna Rawlings, the British Ambassador in Paris.

Rawlings posted, “We have to establish facts,” and added her “commiserations” to Liverpool following a “valiant” performance in Real’s 1-0 loss.

France’s Interior and Sports ministers directly blamed “British supporters”.

“Thousands upon thousands of British supporters, with no tickets or fakes, have tried to get in, and sometimes used violence against stadium staff,” Gerald Darmanin, Interior Minister, said via Twitter (NYSE:). He thanked French police.

Amelie Oudea Ostera, the Sports minister, said that the attempts to intrude and fraudulently use thousands of English supporters have complicated the work and police efforts but did not affect this victory.

Paris police stated in a statement that around 68 people were arrested Sunday morning, while 238 medics intervened for those who had very minor injuries.

UEFA made a statement late Saturday night stating that “in the lead up to the match, the turnstiles in Liverpool ended became blocked by thousands who bought fake tickets. These tickets did not work at the turnstiles.”

Liverpool Football Club released a statement as well, “We are greatly disappointed by the stadium entry problems and breakdown in the security perimeter that Liverpool supporters faced.”

“We have asked for a formal investigation of the cause of these unacceptable issues.”

France was outraged by the scenes in the stadium, and politicians from all parties called it a national disgrace.

France should be ashamed of this!Nicolas Dupont Aignan, an ex-presidential candidate of extreme right, posted the following tweet:

Some even lamented that the event occurred just two years after Paris hosted the Olympic Games.

“Scuffles at Stade de France brawls, bars brawls, green spaces turned to trash… One observation. We are not ready for Paris 2024 Olympic Games,” Nathalie Liseau, an EU lawmaker from Macron’s party, said via Twitter.