June 27, 2022

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Champions League final: UK calls for investigation into Paris stadium chaos

The UK’s culture secretary has urged Uefa to probe “very alarming” scenes that caused the Champions League final to be postponed.

On Saturday, French police were chastised for using tear gas and pepper spray on Liverpool fans waiting to enter the stadium in Paris.

Uefa, the regulatory body of European football, has stated that it will “urgently evaluate these problems.” On Monday, the French sports ministry will gather with Uefa, the French Football Association, stadium officials, and police to “draw lessons” from the incident.

Gérald Darmanin, the French interior minister, appeared to blame British fans, tweeting on Saturday that many were without appropriate tickets and had forced access and that others had assaulted stewards.

The match at the Stade de France was delayed by 36 minutes, with Uefa blaming the “late arrival” of fans as the reason.

However, many Liverpool fans complained about long lines in the hours running up to the game, as well as heavy-handed police response to the crowds.

In the final, Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 1-0.

After being pepper-sprayed, Tom Whitehurst said he had to get his crippled son “out of the way” when they arrived at the ground.

According to Merseyside Police officers who were deployed in Paris and attended the match, the vast majority of supporters behaved in an outstanding manner, arriving at turnstiles early and queuing as ordered.

According to Paris police, the game resulted in 105 arrests, with 39 people still in detention.

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson revealed after the game that he had offered a ticket to a friend who was subsequently denied admittance.

Suzanne, a Liverpool native, described her experience at the game as “very painful.”

Several people, including Suzanne and former Liverpool player Jim Beglin, claimed that after fans exited the stadium, groups of locals were mugging them.

Ms Dorries, who is in charge of the government department in charge of UK sports, stated: “The video and accounts from Liverpool fans and the media on their arrival at the Stade de France last night is quite disturbing.

Thousands of ticket holders arrived in Paris early to cheer for their team in the season’s most important match.