- A massive ticket fraud has led to chaos ahead of the Champions League final, according to the French government.
- It has been confirmed that “the main cause of the delay was a massive, industrial and organized fraud with counterfeit tickets”.
- Before the Real Madrid game against Liverpool FC, there was a great crowd behind the entrances to the Liverpool curve. The police intervened with tear gas.
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said the authorities’ actions “prevented deaths”. Darmanin acknowledged that some officers were filmed using tear gas “inappropriately” but said it was “disproportionate” to criticize the police.
Police action has prevented deaths.
Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra added that the French authorities regretted the approximately 2,700 fans with valid tickets who could not enter the stadium because of the problems. She suggested compensating these viewers.
Johnson “extremely disappointed”
At the same time, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was “extremely disappointed” with the treatment of fans from England. He called on UEFA to “work closely with the French authorities as part of a comprehensive investigation” and publish the results. He described the scenes in front of the stadium as “deeply disturbing and worrying”.
The European Football Union (Uefa) announced an independent investigation into the incidents. The former Portuguese Environment Minister Tiago Brandao Rodrigues was commissioned to do this.
Immediately after the incidents outside the stadium, Darmanin blamed the spectators for the chaos. A total of 238 people also required medical attention for drunkenness, 105 were taken into custody, 39 of them in custody.
Uefa had announced that access had been “blocked by thousands of fans who had bought counterfeit tickets that didn’t work in the turnstiles”.
Dispute about guilt
After the chaos at the entrance to the final in Paris, the mutual recriminations intensified. The mayor of Liverpool – who was at the stadium herself – criticized the use of tear gas by French police against British fans as “extremely disgusting”. The police acted “really brutally”. In addition, the organization of the football game was “chaotic”.
SRF Zwei, Champions League – Highlights, May 28th, 2022, 11:35 p.m.; sid/dpa/widb; morning