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Champions League chaos was caused by ‘operational failures’ and NOT Liverpool fans, report finds

Chaos in Champions League at the Stade de France was caused by ‘operational failures’ and NOT by Liverpool fans with fake tickets, finds a scathing French government report… blaming security chiefs for crowd management and poor guidance

  • Liverpool fans weren’t to blame for chaos ahead of Champions League final
  • Operational failures were flagged as the reason for disturbing scenes
  • Crowd management issues and lack of information were identified in a report
  • Liverpool’s clash with Real Madrid was postponed because fans were given tear gas grenades

A report commissioned by the Prime Minister of France has found that operational failures – rather than Liverpool fans with fake tickets – were at the root of the chaos that marred the Champions League final.

The 30-page document, released today, highlights significant crowd management issues, a lack of information about entry points and failure to read warning signs about the presence of “malicious individuals who came in large numbers to commit delinquency” as the main factors that have led to a ‘climate of tension’.

The Liverpool-Real Madrid showdown has been postponed twice amid disturbing scenes outside the Stade de France where fans were fired at by riot police with tear gas.

The chaotic scenes of the Champions League final were caused by 'operational failures', according to a report commissioned by the French government.

The chaotic scenes of the Champions League final were caused by ‘operational failures’, according to a report commissioned by the French government.

Liverpool fans were accused of showing up with fake tickets, but the report confirmed that was not the reason for the alarming scenes

Liverpool fans were accused of showing up with fake tickets, but the report confirmed that was not the reason for the alarming scenes

In the aftermath of the May 28 match, the French government and police tried to blame the trouble on ’30-40,000′ Liverpool supporters who they say showed up with fake tickets.

That claim has been widely derided for lack of evidence. It has also been widely condemned on Merseyside, where around 9,000 harrowing accounts have been handed over to the Anfield club by fans who were in the French capital.

The report will no doubt be welcomed by Liverpool, which has launched its own investigation, and will increase pressure on the French government for a full apology.

The treatment of fans outside the stadium has been widely condemned, although French officials have stubbornly defended their actions and this week the country’s chief of police stood by the decision to use tear gas for fans.

“I am fully aware that people of good faith have been gassed, even families,” Mr Lallement told a spirited meeting in the Paris Senate. “I’m sorry, but there were no other means. The only way was to gas people. I’ve asked to use gas.’

Police chiefs in France defended their decision to use tear gas on innocent fans ahead of the clash at the Stade de France

Police chiefs in France defended their decision to use tear gas on innocent fans ahead of the clash at the Stade de France

Lallement said that without the use of tear gas, officers would have had to charge the crowds to prevent them from gaining entry to the stadium. He added: “It would have been a mistake to sue people. It would have been devastating.’

Kick-off was delayed by 36 minutes as chaos erupted with fans of the French police using pepper spray and waiting patiently to enter.

Lallement confesses to “a failure” that “shattered France’s image”, but made no apology. He also took a swipe at Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for encouraging fans to travel without tickets.

Astonishingly, regarding claims that the massacre was caused by 30-40,000 Liverpool supporters with fake tickets, Lallement admitted: ‘I may have been wrong. I never claimed that the figure was completely correct, but it seemed to reflect the situation outside the stadium. The figure has no scientific value, but it came from feedback from the police and public transport officials.’



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