French police chief tries to DEFEND tear-gassing Liverpool fans in Champions League final chaos
French police chief tries to DEFEND tear gas canisters from Liverpool fans in chaos in Champions League final…
- Paris police chief spoke about the disorder during a parliamentary hearing
- Didier Lallement claimed gassing Liverpool fans was the ‘only way’
- He also admitted that there was no factual basis for his claim that fake tickets caused the disturbing scenes
- Lallement owned a ‘failure’ but refused to apologize to the fans involved
The top French police officer tried to defend the gassing Liverpool fans on Thursday as the fiasco surrounding the chaos of the Champions League final continues.
Didier Lallement, chief of police in Paris, told a parliamentary hearing that crowds, including women and children, were sprayed with pepper spray before the May 28 showpiece at the Stade de France because it was “the only way”.
He also admitted to the claim that Liverpool fans caused the serious delays and long queues outside the stadium with 30-40,000 fake tickets plucked from his own head.
Fans were trapped outside the Stade de France for two hours before being hit with tear gas by French police
Supporters were also pepper sprayed in shocking scenes ahead of the Champions League final
French police chief Didier Lallement appeared at a hearing on Thursday to discuss the chaos
“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.’
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 confessed 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.’
French officials under fire for chaos at the Champions League final in Paris claimed tens of thousands of fans showed up with fake tickets, holding two nearly identical passes while claiming one was a fake (right)
Lallement also claimed that thousands of those left outside the crowd with fake tickets were “out of sight of CCTV cameras.”
But since his appearance at the hearing, it has emerged that the French authorities have not received CCTV recordings because they were not “claimed by the courts within the legal time limit of seven days,” according to French broadcaster BFM TV.
Pre-match drone footage shows empty walking and exit routes at a time when, had the claims been true, 30-40,000 fans would have tried to leave.
Police hold back Liverpool fans as leaders say large numbers of people holding fake tickets created bottlenecks – which Lallement says was not based on ‘scientific virtue’