The French Sports Minister has blamed Liverpool fans without valid tickets for the crowd problems during the Champions League final. The problem was compounded later by local youths trying to enter the stadium. There was a 36-minute delay as the police held back people attempting to enter the stadium without a ticket.
“What happened, first of all, was this mass gathering of the British supporters of the Liverpool club, without tickets, or with fake tickets,” the French Sports Minister said about fans at the Champions League final. “When there are that many people by the entrance to the stadium, there will be people trying to force their way in through the doors of the Stade de France, and a certain number of youths from the nearby area who were present tried to get in by mixing in with the crowd.”
“I was horrified to see those pictures of fans, including some children, disabled fans, being pepper-sprayed by French police,” culture minister Chris Philp said. “And from the pictures, I saw there was no obvious justification for that kind of behavior. So Nadine (Dorries), I think is quite right to call for Uefa to urgently investigate exactly what happened there because we don’t want to see football fans, least of all children and disabled fans, being pepper-sprayed by police in the way that we saw.”
“So, I really am concerned by it, the government is as well, and we need Uefa to properly investigate exactly what happened and get to the bottom of it,” he added. “As I say, we need to get this properly looked into so we understand exactly what happened. But as I say, I saw
footage of fans behaving in a perfectly calm way, getting pepper-sprayed, and that just strikes me looking at those pictures as not appropriate.”