Chaos at the Stade de France: the president of Liverpool demands an apology from the Sports Minister

Chaos at the Stade de France: the president of Liverpool demands an apology from the Sports Minister

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Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has sent a letter to Amelie Oudea-Castera, France’s sports minister, asking her to apologize after the chaos at the Stade de France ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.

Liverpool cannot digest managing access to the Stade de France for Saturday’s Champions League final. Less does the club accept the statement from the French government and the police headquarters blaming the Reds for three days. So club president Tom Werner sent a letter to Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, the French sports minister, asking her to apologise.

The leader took very badly the speech of the new minister this Monday on RTL in which she points out almost exclusively the responsibility for the chaos in her club that left “her followers free”, according to her. Comments assumed later in the day during a press point held with Gérald Darmanin, Minister of the Interior, after a meeting to determine the reasons for this chaos with many actors involved (UEFA, FFF, etc.).

Darmanin again blamed the English supporters by evoking “a massive industrial fraud of counterfeit tickets” by keeping the figure “30,000 to 40,000 supporters” without tickets or with counterfeit tickets near the stadium. A count widely questioned by many observers. He even lashed out at the Reds’ responsibilities, while blaming Jürgen Klopp, the manager, for having invited fans, even without a ticket, to come to France. A puzzling communication according to the Liverpool boss, here is the content of the letter sent to Oudéa-Castéra.

“His comments were irresponsible, unprofessional and totally disrespectful”

“Dear Minister,

I am writing to you today because I cannot believe that a French government minister, in a position of enormous responsibility and influence, could make a series of unsubstantiated statements on a matter of such importance even before a proper, formal and independent investigation process. has taken place.

The events that took place in and around the Stade de France on Saturday night during the UEFA Champions League final were not only incredibly dangerous for all involved, but also raised serious questions about the organization and running of the event. . That should be the focus of all stakeholders today rather than seeking a blaming strategy through a press conference.

I have received countless emails from frightened Liverpool fans who have been subjected to police harassment, pepper spray and tear gas. Also, the situation was no better at the end of the evening than at the beginning, with many fans being robbed and attacked by gangs.

It was clear that fans were forced through a bottleneck and spent over 2 hours in queues. One person said they were “stuck against the doors, no one was moving and no one on the other side of the doors was communicating at all.” These fans were treated like cattle.

How can the missing data and unverified claims put forward this morning be close to reality without a truly independent and transparent investigation being carried out with the right stakeholders, including our supporters, our club and others? Worse yet, these claims undermine the search for truth and transparency that should underpin the motivations of any organization or individual wishing to ensure that such unacceptable scenes never happen again.

The fact that his public stance runs counter to this goal is a concern in itself. That he did it without resorting to us or our supporters is even more important. All voices must count in this process, and they must count equitably and fairly.

As a club, we were already convinced that any investigation had to be impartial, independent and transparent. This point of view has only intensified as a direct result of your public comments and the impact they have had on a narrative that runs counter to the experiences of many. Your comments were irresponsible, unprofessional and completely disrespectful to the thousands of physically and emotionally injured fans.

The UEFA Champions League final is expected to be one of the greatest spectacles in world sport and instead turned into one of the worst security meltdowns in recent memory. On behalf of all the fans who experienced this nightmare, I apologize and assure you that the French authorities and UEFA allow an independent and transparent investigation to continue.”

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