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Anger at Paris police’s slur over Hillsborough

Outrage over Paris police statements about Hillsborough after reports of chaos in the Champions League final with Liverpool and Real Madrid suggest the 1989 disaster was caused by hooliganism

  • Liverpool’s Champions League final with Real Madrid in May was marred by heavy-handed French police
  • A report by a French sports ministry deputy refers to Hillsborough in a section dealing with police intelligence
  • It suggests that the 1989 disaster, which killed 97 people, was caused by hooliganism

Relatives of Hillsborough victims have reacted with dismay to a report on the chaos in the Champions League final in Paris last month, which suggested that heavy-handed police were influenced by a briefing that mistook the 1989 disaster for hooliganism.

A report by a deputy from the French Ministry of Sport, delivered to the French Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, puts Hillsborough forward in a segment on police intelligence.

However, the reference to the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989 – 97 dead – for which (police) responsibility was assigned, led to the creation of a robust police regime… to respond to a risk of collective phenomena of hooliganism and havoc, as had happened in the England-Russia match (at Euro 2016),’ it reads.

Liverpool's Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris last month was marred by heavy-handed French police

Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid in Paris last month was marred by heavy-handed French police

The Hillsborough disaster in 1989 killed 97 people at the stadium in Sheffield

The Hillsborough disaster in 1989 killed 97 people at the stadium in Sheffield

The misunderstanding over the disaster during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest has outraged family members and campaigners.

Louise Brookes, whose 26-year-old brother Andrew died in the tragedy, told the Guardian: “This is a total, outrageous inability to understand the disaster.

“And this prejudice, that Liverpool supporters are hooligans, based on a complete misunderstanding of something that happened 33 years ago, almost caused another disaster in Paris, for a new generation of Liverpool fans.”

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