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LIVERPOOL-REAL MADRID. After the violent incidents around the Stade de France, Gérald Darmanin once again pointed the finger at massive ticket fraud.
17:30 – “The trigger is counterfeit bills” according to Camille Chaize
Camille Chaize, a spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior, assures in “Apolline Matin” this Monday on RMC and RMC Story that the origin of the incidents at the Stade de France on Saturday night is related to fake tickets sold to Liverpool fans. “The trigger is that these false tickets are sold massively to English fans, says the spokesman for the Interior. Later, some of them had their pre-filters lowered to prevent crowd movements, because we know that it can cause injuries or even tragedies.” like a few years ago in Belgium. It was decided to favor the entrance of people who perhaps did not have tickets. And inside there were supporters, but not only. There were also a number of opportunistic offenders, who wanted to assault or steal.”
5:00 p.m. – The Liverpool club have called for an investigation
After the incidents that mainly affected their fans, the reds have called for an investigation “into the causes of these unacceptable problems”.
16:41 – The intelligence services had alerted the authorities.
According to information from Europe 1, the policemen of the National Division for the Fight against Hooliganism (DNLH) had warned the authorities of the risk of overflows in a note since Wednesday, May 25, four days before the meeting. Analysts projected a presence in Paris of “between 50,000 and 75,000 English supporters”, including only 50 to 100 “supporters at risk”. In this four-page note consulted by Europa 1, the DNLH very accurately describes the flow of travelers from England to the Stade de France. And he warns about the English fans without tickets present in the capital, “around 50,000. Some of them will be in possession of counterfeit tickets and will try to use them to access the stadium.”
16:30 – The European press criticizes
Some European media were quick to react to the incidents on the sidelines of the Champions League final: “These incidents raise serious questions about UEFA’s organization of a major event” for The Guardian (England). On the Spanish side, the newspaper Sport added a layer: “A pity: the final started half an hour late due to the chaos at the entrance to the stadium.”
16:00 – English sticks charged by Darmanin
“The doctrine of maintaining French order has made it possible to avoid deaths and injuries. The comparison with the Olympic Games and the Rugby World Cup seems to me quite disproportionate knowing that there are, obviously, only in football with certain English clubs that there are these events. I remind you that France has organized a large number of very high-level rugby and football matches in recent times without difficulty. This was particularly the case during the Coupe de France final. In 2019, the final between Liverpool and Tottenham We had the same problems in Madrid. A final at Wembley a few years ago had exactly the same problems. There is also the Liverpool manager who called on fans to come to France even without tickets. We ended up with tens of thousands of British fans, some of whom had played by the rules perfectly. And a small but extremely lively part that pushed the authorities.”
15:30 – “We have to improve” for the Minister of Sports
“We want to strengthen the management of these great events. We have seen that we need to improve flow management, to ensure that we have the means to prevent fraud in ticket sales”, explained the Minister of Sports.
15:10 – Compensation claimed
“We have asked UEFA to compensate the 2,700 people who were unable to attend the match,” explained the Sports Minister.
14:50 – Deaths avoided according to Darmanin
“The decisions taken have prevented deaths. The pre-filters have been lifted to avoid crushing people in the police cordons or at the gates,” explained Gérald Darmanin.
14:30 – The judicial point after the incidents in Liverpool – Real
A total of 48 people were taken into police custody, 15 of these in police custody were subject to extension measures with decisions to be made during the day regarding them. It should be noted that there has been no police custody for events related to intrusions or forgery of tickets to the stadium.
14:10 – “This issue of counterfeit banknotes smacks of a very opportunistic pretext” for Pierre Barthélémy
Pierre Barthélémy, a lawyer for several French fans, a member of the France Supporters Europe association, testified about the chaos to access the Stade de France which he attended as an observer. “This counterfeit ticket smacks of a very opportunistic pretext since the first argument to explain the postponement of the match (for 36 minutes) is supposedly the late arrival of the fans, but several of them declared that they had been there since 5:00 p.m. “, he explains. Later, we invoke this story of counterfeit tickets but it does not hold up. We put in front the figure of 40,000, why not a million? 40,000 people, that would be half the stadium. That would mean that you saw a flow meter half a stade in the opposite direction and no one noticed right away.
13:50 – Nadal also explained his difficulties in accessing the Stade de France
“He had difficulty getting to the stadium, he said. I had to get out of the car on the highway and finish on foot. Otherwise, I would not have arrived on time because the car that took me only arrived at the Parking (stadium) at 10:15 p.m. But I got there on foot, it was easier than I thought. The people in the organization recognized me and helped me.”
13:48 – Darmanin: “What has been observed is a massive and organized fraud of counterfeit bills”
“We have not found divergences in the underlying interpretation. The decision was made three months ago due to the geopolitical situation in Moscow, where it takes between 12 and 18 months to organize such an event. Three months. We regret a distortion in the reception of the British. fans, unlike the Spanish fans. What has been observed is a massive and organized fraud of counterfeit tickets, 70% of the counterfeit tickets in the pre-selection, 15% after the first purge.”
1:30 p.m. – Courtois “sorry” for Liverpool fans
Winner on Saturday May 28 of the Champions League with the Real Madrid Thibaut Courtois sent a message to Liverpool fans on Sunday May 29 “I am sorry for the Liverpool fans and the way they have been treated. I hope everyone has returned home safe and sound.”
I’m sorry for @LFC fans and the way they were treated. I hope everyone made it home safely!
— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) May 29, 2022
1:10 p.m. – A parliamentary inquiry committee demanded
Michel Salvin, senator Les Républicains de l’Isère and president of the Senate’s “Sporting practices and major sporting events” study group, has called for the opening of a parliamentary commission of inquiry to appoint “the real troublemakers of last night”. disaster in the Champions League final” and not “get angry at our English neighbors unfairly pointing fingers at Liverpool fans”.
12:50 – The wrath of the President of Seine-Saint-Denis
“I have never seen such disorganization around the Stade de France,” he denounced this Monday on France Info. This is not the first time that there have been major events around the Stade de France. The Stade de France has existed in Saint-Denis for 24 years and this is the third Champions League final to be played there (after 2000 and 2006, editor’s note) and I have never seen such disorganization. I am very angry, I don’t want Saine Saint-Denis and its inhabitants to be the scapegoats for this disorganization. I demand a swift, transparent and thorough investigation into these dysfunctions, this disorganization.”
11:50 – “Analyze and learn the necessary lessons together” according to the Minister of Sports
Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Minister of Sports, in the preamble to the crisis meeting at the ministry stated: “The objective of this meeting is to manage to identify all the dysfunctions that have unfortunately occurred at the Stade de France. On Saturday night, manage to analyze them well and draw all together the lessons, the consequences and the necessary lessons so that it does not happen again and we are ideally prepared for the next international sporting events.
11:30 – Mélenchon and Le Pen on the prowl
Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Marine Le Pen were quick to react to the incidents that occurred on Saturday May 28 on the sidelines of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. For the leader of France Insoumise, “we are not prepared for events like the Olympic Games” while for the president of the National Association, “we no longer organize a major event even if there is DO in eighteen months”. The same story for the two French political figures who point to the next organization of the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.
11:10 – Is the 2024 Olympics in danger?
The 2024 Paris Olympics will take place in just over two years and the opening ceremony of the Olympics will have a different scale than the Champions League final that took place on Saturday May 28. Something that worries some authorities. As a reminder, 600,000 people are expected on the Seine where the ceremony will take place.
10:50 – Justice seized for “forgery of fraud”
On Saturday, May 28, the Paris police prefect, Didier Lallement, initiated legal action for “massive fraud with counterfeit banknotes.” He believes “this could have had very serious consequences for the safety of viewers.”
10:30 – Carl Clemente: “It was a war zone”
Author of books on the history of Liverpool, Carl Clemente has never had incidents like those on Saturday May 28 before the Champions League final: “I’ve been going to games at Anfield, in England and throughout Europe for twenty-two years and I had never experienced anything like last night… My 9 year old son suffered the effects of the tear gas that the police were throwing for fun! been hit directly. It’s so toxic. It was clearly not a place for children. it was more of an area of war”.
10:10 – 105 arrests and 39 police custody
According to figures communicated to AFP by the Ministry of the Interior, the police made 105 arrests and 39 police custody on the sidelines of the C1 final. This report concerns the surroundings of the Stade de France, but also the fan zones open to Liverpool and Real Madrid fans.