Real Madrid ask authorities for answers over treatment of fans in Champions League final in Paris | Soccer News

Real Madrid have called on the authorities to explain why fans were left ‘helpless and defenceless’ during the Champions League final at the Stade de France in Paris.

Real – who beat Liverpool 1-0 in the final to lift the trophy for a record 14th time – say they also want to know why the stadium was chosen as the venue for the game, which was moved from St Petersburg in February after the invasion of Russia. from Ukraine.

The Spaniards said their supporters were “victims” of the “unfortunate events” that took place at the Stade de France, adding that the scenes had caused “deep outrage around the world”.

Real’s statement said “many fans were violently attacked, harassed and robbed” and “some of them even had to spend the night in hospital”.

Their complaints echo those of Liverpool, with Billy Hogan, the Premier League club’s chief executive, saying this week he had been ‘horrified’ by fan stories after receiving more than 6,000 comments about the issues surrounding the game of last week.

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Liverpool chief executive says he is ‘horrified’ by fan accounts of their experiences in the Champions League final in Paris

The match – the most important in club football – was delayed by nearly 40 minutes as fans struggled to enter the Stade de France. Some fans with legitimate tickets were refused entry to the pitch, while others were sprayed with tear gas by police.

UEFA initially blamed the delayed kick-off on Liverpool fans who arrived late at the stadium, while Amélie Oudea-Castera, France’s sports minister, accused Liverpool fans left “in the wild” of be the cause of the problems.

Oudéa-Castera has since commissioned a report on the unrest that marred the flagship event, with Michael Cadot, the interministerial delegate for major sporting events, asked to produce the report within 10 days.

Hogan said his response to the sports minister’s claims was “in disbelief”, and added that he had spoken to his counterpart at Real Madrid, “who made it clear that their fans had issues as well”.

Hogan added: “They had great concerns about the match day operation, including the police operation around the match. I know they are also concerned about making sure it is, again once, of an independent and open investigation.”

The Liverpool chief executive added that the club wrote to UEFA again on Thursday with 13 questions they wanted answered regarding details of the investigation into the events of the final.

French blame ‘fraud’ for CL chaos

Liverpool fans show tickets and wait outside the gates
Liverpool fans show tickets and wait outside the gates

Gérald Darmanin, France’s interior minister, blamed “industry-level fraud” for the chaos of the Champions League final, saying 70% of tickets used to try to enter the Stade de France were fake.

“At 9:00 p.m. when the game was due to start, 97% of the Spanish supporters were present, only 50% of the British supporters had entered their section, which shows the difficulties which only resulted from the relative entrance of the Liverpool supporters and no to other entries,” Darmanin said.

“There was massive fraud at an industry level and organization of counterfeit tickets as pre-screening by Stade de France and the French Football Federation saw that 70% of the tickets were counterfeit.

“Once past the pre-screening stage, 15% of the tickets were fake, more than 2,600 were non-validated tickets even though they had gone through the first screening.

“The massive presence of these counterfeit tickets was the problem that caused the delays. There were 29 arrests that took place in the Stade de France and more than half of those arrests were of British fans because they were brought into the Stade de France.”

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Liverpool-area mayor Steve Rotheram slammed authorities for the events of the Champions League final in Paris as police used tear gas and pepper spray on fans queuing to enter the stadium Stade de France.

Oudea-Castera said up to 40,000 people had fake tickets or no tickets at all, adding that “everyone wants to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

She said: “Some people had bought tickets and were deprived of matches and we would like to say how sorry we are to all of these people as their Saturday night experience was completely ruined. We have asked UEFA that these people are identified and can be compensated quickly to try to overcome their frustration.

“The major focal point is to really understand precisely what happened during this massive fraud in regards to ticketing. counterfeit notes The counterfeit notes looked incredibly similar to normal notes, which means some checks didn’t notice it.

“We want there to be a very detailed and thorough investigation with UEFA to see what happened, why, how and to what extent. UEFA have heard our request and we await the rapid launch of this investigation.”

Oudea-Castera previously blamed Liverpool fans who showed up without valid tickets, French radio told RTL: “What happened was first this mass gathering of British supporters of the Liverpool club, without tickets, or with fake tickets.”

UEFA has accused ‘thousands of fans with fake tickets’ of causing the delays, while UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has called for an official inquiry into the causes of the chaos.

“Treat French fan claims with extreme caution”

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Kaveh Solhekol has given his understanding of what happened in the Champions League final on Saturday night and why he thinks claims accusing Liverpool fans of showing up with 40,000 counterfeit tickets are false.

Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol speaking earlier this week:

“[The French explanation] Doesn’t match what I’ve seen at all. Let’s be clear about what happened in Paris this morning. We had a meeting between the French sports minister, the French interior minister, UEFA and the prefect of police of Paris Didier Lallement. Now, I’m sure at that meeting this morning, the chief of police was asked what happened on Saturday. It’s embarrassing for France. It was a mess.

“Look at all the terrible headlines around the world. They’re hosting the Rugby World Cup next year. They’re hosting the Olympics in 2024. I’m sure he’s been asked to explain what’s wrong and I think he put the blame for what happened on the Liverpool supporters and now the fake tickets.

“I’m sure there were fake tickets. There are always fake grand finals tickets, but I didn’t see anything that looked like a massive industrial fraud operation. For example, I didn’t had Liverpool supporters come to me complaining or upset that I bought fake tickets.

“They came to me complaining of being gassed, pepper sprayed and run over. They were treated like animals by the French police.

“What I saw was a mess, total disorganization and the blame was totally with UEFA, the French authorities, the stadium authorities and the French police. We were in a situation where 20,000 Liverpool supporters went showed up in this stadium up to five hours before kick-off and they were asked to wait in a confined space and there was a space that was only big enough for one person that 20,000 people had to be filtered.

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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.

“There were no Liverpool supporters at this meeting and there were no Real Madrid supporters at this meeting. I haven’t seen a single counterfeit ticket. I would treat with extreme caution what happened. was said during this press conference.

“Not a single supporter came up to me and said, ‘I was sold a fake ticket. I wasted thousands of pounds on this.’ I saw very, very upset supporters because that they were treated terribly by the French police, that’s what I saw, I saw women and children in tears, women and children being gassed.

“From the Real Madrid fans I spoke to and what I saw with my own eyes, there were a lot of problems on the Real Madrid side as well. I know you see that narrative, especially on social media, asking why there were only problems on the Liverpool side, while everything was nice and peaceful on the Real Madrid side.

“It wasn’t. I actually got pepper sprayed at the Real Madrid side.

“There were also major problems on the Real Madrid side of the pitch. There were many, many young local French people who entered the Real Madrid side of the pitch. Many Real Madrid fans were also mugged and attacked. after the game, so not everything was happy on the Real Madrid side either.”

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