Liverpool fans reveal ‘absolute chaos’ before delayed Champions League final defeat and UEFA criticised as talkSPORT caller breaks down in tears May 29, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Liverpool fans were left deeply shaken by chaotic scenes outside the Stade de France which caused a 36-minute delay to the Champions League final.
Liverpool fans were seen up against a locked gate shouting at people to sort the situation out and let them in, as huge queues formed amid a distinct lack of security and organisation.
Riot police were in attendance with tear gas and pepper spray being used, while supporters feared for their safety.
One Liverpool fan broke down in tears on talkSPORT and revealed his nine-year-old son could not stop shaking.
“I’m not very good,” Reds supporter Nick said after the game. “I’m with my nine-year-old son.
“He saw tear gas being used against fans, we were there two hours before the game.
“The police were kicking off, he’s physically shaking with fear. He’s nine-years old and I can’t stop him from shaking. He’s crying his eyes out.”
Liverpool demanded an investigation as UEFA issued a statement blaming the chaos on thousands of supporters trying to enter the stadium with fake tickets.
It read: “In the lead-up to the game, the turnstiles at the Liverpool end became blocked by thousands fans who had purchased fake tickets which did not work in the turnstiles.
“This created a build-up of fans trying to get in.
“As a result, the kick off was delayed by 35 minutes to allow as many fans as possible with genuine tickets to gain access.
“As numbers outside the stadium continued to build up after kick off, the police dispersed them with tear gas and forced them away from the stadium.
“UEFA is sympathetic to those affected by these events and will further review these matters urgently together with the French police and authorities, and with the French Football Federation.”
However, Liverpool fan Nick did not experience the situation that way.
When asked about the UEFA statement, he said: “That’s absolute nonsense. They just weren’t processing tickets quickly enough.
“There wasn’t anyone trying to get in without tickets, although you get the odd one or two. It was nothing compared to what I’ve seen before.
“Even when we were leaving the game, they were being overly aggressive and people started running when they were throwing tear gas.
“I’ve got a nine-year-old boy. His mum won’t let me take him to another game again.”
Another Liverpool supporter told talkSPORT the distressing scenes spoiled the occasion before it even began.
Jamie the Reds fan said: “I came to the ground in adequate time, I came with my brother and I’ve lost him.
“It’s absolute chaos, there is no organisation, police are pepper spraying everyone, there are Hillsborough-like crowds at the gates.
“I don’t actually want to go in and watch the Champions League final anymore.”
Kelly Cates – the daughter of Liverpool great Sir Kenny Dalglish – posted: “Absolutely shambolic at the Stade de France.
“No way in, no way of knowing which way to go. Stay safe if you’re heading in. It has the potential to be very dangerous.”
Former Liverpool CEO Peter Moore took to social media to address UEFA’s initial statement, which highlighted ‘fans arriving late’, slamming the ‘horrendous organisation’ of the event.
Writing on Twitter, Moore said: “Disgraceful scenes outside the stadium.
“‘Late arrival of fans’ should read ‘horrendous organisation’.
“Fans have been here for hours.
“Stadium operations incapable of managing flow and access. Victim blaming at its very best…”
talkSPORT host Adrian Durham was also critical of UEFA for originally pinning the blame on supporters, describing it as ‘a dangerous message’.
He said: “It’s quite a big message to get wrong, it’s a dangerous one.
“It’s a damning allegation because the allegation is that due to the late arrival of fans, the match has been delayed.
“The allegation is that this is the supporters’ fault. It’s not the authorities, it’s not UEFA, it’s not the police, it’s the supporters.
“It’s hitting the supporters with a big stick again, like you always do.
“It’s not the supporters. As we understand it, it can’t conceivably take more than two hours from arriving at the stadium to getting in.
“That is not the late arrival of supporters, that is mismanagement.”
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