Champions League chaos was caused by ‘operational failures’ and NOT Liverpool fans, report finds


Champions League chaos at the Stade de France was caused by ‘operational failures’ and NOT Liverpool fans with fake tickets, a damning report by the French government finds… with security chiefs blamed over crowd management and poor guidance

  • Liverpool fans were not to blame for chaos before the Champions League final 
  • Operational failures were highlighted as the reason for worrying scenes  
  • Crowd management issues and a lack of information were pointed out in a report
  • Liverpool’s clash against Real Madrid was delayed as fans were tear-gassed  

A report commissioned by the Prime Minister of France has found operational failures – rather than Liverpool fans with fake tickets – was to blame for the chaos which marred the Champions League Final.

The 30-page document, released today, highlights significant issues with crowd management, a lack of information on entry points and a failure to read warning signs over the presence of ‘malicious individuals who came in large numbers to commit acts of delinquency’ as the main contributing factors that led to ‘a climate of tension’.

Liverpool’s clash with Real Madrid was twice put back amid distressing scenes outside the Stade de France which saw fans tear-gassed by riot cops.

The Champions League final’s chaotic scenes were caused by ‘operational failures’ a report commissioned by the French government has found

Liverpool fans were accused of turning up with fake tickets, but the report confirmed this was not the reason for the alarming scenes

Liverpool fans were accused of turning up with fake tickets, but the report confirmed this was not the reason for the alarming scenes

In the aftermath of the May 28 fixture, the French government and police attempted to blame the issues on ’30-40,000’ Liverpool supporters they claimed turned up with counterfeit tickets.

That allegation has been widely derided given a lack of evidence. It has also been widely condemned on Merseyside, where around 9,000 harrowing accounts have been handed over to the Anfield club by fans who were in the French capital.

The report will no doubt be welcomed by Liverpool, who have launched their own probe, and it will increase pressure on the French government for a full apology.

The treatment of fans outside the stadium has been widely condemned, though French officials have persistently defended their actions and this week the country’s police chief stood by the decision to tear gas fans.

‘I’m fully aware people of good faith were gassed, even families,’ Mr Lallement told a feisty meeting at the Paris Senate. ‘I’m sorry but there were no other means. The only way was to gas people. I asked for gas to be used.’ 

Police chiefs in France have defended their decision to use tear gas on innocent fans prior to the clash at the Stade de France

Police chiefs in France have defended their decision to use tear gas on innocent fans prior to the clash at the Stade de France

Lallement said that without the use of tear gas, officers would have had to charge the crowd to stop them gaining access to the stadium. He added: ‘It would have been a mistake to charge people. It would have been devastating.’

Kick-off was delayed by 36 minutes as chaos ensued with French police pepper-spraying fans who were waiting patiently to get inside.

Lallement owned up to ‘a failure’ that ‘shook France’s image’ but made no apology. He also took a swipe at Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for encouraging fans to travel without tickets.

Regarding claims that the carnage was caused by 30-40,000 Liverpool supporters with fake tickets, Lallement astonishingly admitted: ‘I was perhaps mistaken. I never claimed the figure was perfectly correct but it seemed to reflect the situation outside the stadium. The figure has no scientific virtue but it came from feedback from police and public transport officials.’

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