UEFA apologizes to fans of Liverpool and Real Madrid in Champions League final

UEFA has apologized to fans of Liverpool and Real Madrid who were caught up in the events surrounding the Champions League final and said it must not happen again.

Liverpool fans described a crackdown on the police, organizational chaos and overcrowding at last Saturday’s showpiece.

Real Madrid have asked for answers about the “sequence of unfortunate events”.

“No football fan should be put in that situation and it should not happen again.” said a UEFA statement.external link

“UEFA would like to offer its sincere apologies to all spectators who witnessed or witnessed terrifying and disturbing events leading up to the Champions League final at the Stade de France on 28 May 2022 in Paris, in an evening that marked a celebration of European club football.”

The governing body of European football had previously announced that an independent review of what happened leading up to the finale and what lessons to be learned would be led by Dr. Tiago Brandao Rodrigues from Portugal.

French authorities and UEFA blamed late arrivals and false tickets for chaotic scenes outside the Stade de France, causing the match to be delayed by more than half an hour.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said only English fans had caused problems in the final.

Earlier on Friday, Real Madrid issued a statement asking for answers about “unfortunate events” during the match, which the Spanish team won 1-0.

More to follow.

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