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The Liverpool/Real Madrid Champions League final began more than 30 minutes late due to overflow in the Stade de France esplanade and poor organization.
9:00 p.m., 9:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m…. finally at 9:36 p.m. the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid could begin. The whistle was blown after an endless wait of fans in the stadium, spectators from TF1, and the mini-concert Opening Ceremony with Cuban singer Camila Cabello.
This football festival, for which thousands of English and Spanish fans had traveled to Paris, turned into a fiasco near the Stade de France in the early afternoon. The arrival of many supporters caused imposing queues to pass the security controls. The fault, according to Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, lies with “thousands of British ‘supporters’, without tickets or with forged tickets”.
With @AOC1978, at the security headquarters of the Stade de France. Thousands of British “supporters”, without tickets or with forged tickets, forced entry and sometimes assaulted the stewards. Thanks to the numerous police forces mobilized this afternoon in this difficult context. pic.twitter.com/gEXCqPhWmZ
— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) May 28, 2022
Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra also pointed the finger at English fans in a message on Twitter: “Attempts to meddle and defraud thousands of English fans have complicated the work of stewards and police forces, but will not tarnish this victory.”
Happiness @Real Madrid for this title number 14 in #Champions League ! The intrusion and fraud attempts of thousands of English fans have complicated the work of stewards and police forces but they will not tarnish this victory. Violence has no place in stadiums.
— Amélie Oudea-Castera (@AOC1978) May 28, 2022
The turnstiles were blocked by thousands of spectators who bought counterfeit tickets that did not work.
In the evening, UEFA organizers gave explanations in a press release. “As kick-off approached, the turnstiles at the side of the Liverpool stands were blocked by thousands of spectators who bought counterfeit non-working tickets. This created a backlog of spectators trying to get into the stadium and as a result, The kick-off had to be delayed 35 minutes to allow as many spectators as possible with valid tickets to enter the stadium.”
The Liverpool club has called for an investigation. “We are extremely disappointed with the access issues and perimeter breaches experienced by Liverpool supporters,” the club wrote in a press release. “It’s the biggest game in European football and fans shouldn’t have to go through the kind of scene we’ve seen.”
Liverpool and Real Madrid were awarded 20,000 tickets each for this Champions League final.
Railings climbed with bare hands
At the same time, dozens of people did not hesitate to climb the imposing doors that surround the Stade de France and, once inside, run towards the stairs that lead to the Stade de France to watch the game for free. This situation provoked interventions by the police and the mobile gendarmerie who did not hesitate to use tear gas, which caused the closure of several accesses to the Stade de France. However, the Paris police headquarters had mobilized 6,800 policemen, gendarmes, and firefighters.
Liverpool fans are jumping the security fences at the entrance to the Stade de France and this is causing the Champions League final to be delayed. pic.twitter.com/Fvl4yGlJzB
— My Passion (@MiPasionhn) May 28, 2022
These scuffles penalized spectators who had their tickets and were in good standing. The Liverpool fans were able to enter the Stade de France just before the break and Karim Benzema’s disallowed goal against Real Madrid.
Olympic boxing champion Estelle Mossley was one of the victims of these incidents. She was able to return an hour after the start of the meeting. “They gassed me twice, they pushed me. A bottle fell near me. What happened at the Stade de France is scandalous. Inadmissible,” says the boxer to the Parisian.
174 injured, 39 arrested
Once the match started, the clashes continued on the esplanade of the France stadium. The police again had to use tear gas and even ram the violent to disperse them. 174 fans were slightly injured. Police arrested 68 people, 39 of whom were eventually detained. At the end of the match, the two fan zones were evacuated without incident or damage.
#UCLfinal | The two fan zones were calmly evacuated and closed off by the police.
\ud83d\udc49 No incidents to report in these places pic.twitter.com/Wim89gw5Oc
— Police Prefecture (@prefpolice) May 29, 2022
Worrying 2 years after the Paris Olympics
These scenes of violence have something to question. Since 1998, the Stade de France has hosted numerous sporting events and concerts. Receiving and managing a large crowd is an exercise that is mastered. But how could security have been so overwhelmed?
A situation that is cause for concern is the Rugby World Cup from September 8 to October 28, 2023, and the Summer Olympics in Paris from July 26 to August 15, 2024 approach.
UEFA undertakes to carry out an urgent audit with the police, the French authorities, and the French Football Federation.