Real Madrid asks for answers to ‘unfortunate events’ at Champions League final

Real Madrid have asked for answers in the “string of unfortunate events” during the Champions League final against Liverpool in Paris on May 28.

They also want to know why the Stade de France was chosen for the match and who is “responsible for leaving the fans abandoned and defenseless”.

“Football has conveyed to the world an image that is far removed from the values ​​and goals it should pursue,” said a statement from Real Madrid.

The Spanish side won the final 1-0.

However, the match was delayed by more than half an hour and Liverpool fans have described the brutal police crackdown, organizational chaos and overcrowding at the match, which was moved to the Stade de France from St Petersburg after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan called the comments by French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin blaming English fans as “disgraceful” and that the Spanish club’s supporters, after speaking with his Real Madrid counterpart, were also having problems.

In their statement, Real Madrid called “unfortunate events” that took place “in the vicinity of and at entry points to the Stade de France, and even in the stadium itself” and that their fans were “victims of said events”.

They added: “We would like to know the reasons that led to the choice of this venue to host the final and the criteria used, taking into account the experiences of the day.

“In addition, we are asking for answers and explanations to determine who is responsible for leaving the fans behind and defenseless. Fans who have generally behaved exemplary at all times.”

The governing body of European football, UEFA, has commissioned an independent report in what happened in the final.

French authorities have blamed the card fraud and accused Liverpool football club of failing to control their fans, although supporters have also been found to have been targeted by local gangs.

“We believe that what should have been a wonderful football festival for all the fans who attended the match quickly turned into a series of unfortunate events that sparked outrage worldwide,” said Real Madrid.

“As evidenced by the revealing images published by the media, several fans have been violently assaulted, harassed, assaulted and robbed.

“These events continued as they moved around in their cars or buses, causing concern for their physical well-being. Some fans even had to spend the night in hospital due to injuries.”

The club added: “Our fans and supporters deserve a response and those responsible should be held accountable to ban these kinds of events from football and sport in general.”

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