UEFA has commissioned an independent report into the scenes outside the Stade de France during the Champions League Final on Saturday. The final was delayed by 36 minutes with Liverpool ticket-holders standing in long queues outside the stadium. Police were also seen using tear gas on the crowd. The sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera revealed that there were no problems with the Real Madrid supporters.
“The events that occurred in and around the Stade de France on Saturday night at the Uefa Champions League were not only incredibly dangerous for all who attended, but raised serious questions about the organization and operation of the event,” Liverpool chairman wrote a letter to the sports minister about the UEFA Champions League final. “This should be the focus of all interested parties today rather than pursuing a blame game strategy via press conference. The Uefa Champions League final should be one of the finest spectacles in world sport, instead, it devolved into one of the worst security collapses in recent memory. Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan has said the club is “reviewing legal avenues available to us on behalf of affected supporters”.”
“Evidence will be gathered from all relevant parties and the findings of the independent report will be made public once completed. Upon receipt of the findings, Uefa will evaluate the next steps,” UEFA said in a statement. “It’s clear that we needed more police – we didn’t have enough on the ground.”
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