UEFA launches independent report into the mayhem at the Champions League final in Paris after Liverpool fans were left stuck outside the Stade de France as French police used tear gas on them… while supporters who did not get in will be compensated
- UEFA has commissioned an independent report into the Champions League final
- French authorities blamed late fans and fake tickets for the chaos beforehand
- Liverpool fans were delayed getting into the ground as police forced bottlenecks
- French officers also fired tear gas and pepper spray at queuing supporters
- The French sports minister hopes fans who did not get in will be compensated
UEFA has confirmed an independent and comprehensive review will be conducted into what occurred before Saturday’s Champions League final in Paris.
A statement from the European governing body read: ‘UEFA has today announced it has commissioned an independent report into the events surrounding the UEFA Champions League final in Paris on Saturday, May 28.
‘The comprehensive review will examine decision-making, responsibility and behaviours of all entities involved in the final.’
UEFA has commissioned an independent report into the chaos at the Champions League final
Kick-off at the Stade de France was delayed by 36 minutes as chaos reigned outside the ground, with thousands of Liverpool fans prevented from making it in.
UEFA and the French authorities blamed the delay on late arrivals and supporters who had ‘fake tickets’.
However, those who had travelled to watch the Reds told of a very different story – long queues forming around three hours before kick-off and a heavy-handed police response.
French police fired tear gas and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters outside the stadium
Mayhem outside the Stade de France saw fans with tickets having to wait in huge queues
French officers pepper-sprayed and tear-gassed some supporters and forced them into dangerous bottlenecks.
The review into the mayhem will be carried out by Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues, a member of the Portuguese parliament and former member of the World Anti-Doping Agency Foundation Board. To maintain independence, he will undertake the report on a pro bono basis.
The UEFA statement added: ‘Evidence will be gathered from all relevant parties and the findings of the independent report will be made public once completed and, upon receipt of the findings, UEFA will evaluate the next steps.’
French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera hopes fans who didn’t get in will be reimbursed
Meanwhile, French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera says that she hopes that supporters who did not make it into the Stade de France will be compensated.
‘We have asked UEFA, who have agreed with us, that these people be precisely identified and receive immediate compensation for this frustration they have suffered’, she confirmed.
Oudea-Castera said there were 2,700 ‘non-activated’ tickets corresponding to a group of people who had bought a ticket and who were ‘deprived’ of the match’.