Uefa has apologized to Liverpool and Real Madrid fans who were affected by the events surrounding the Champions League final, and has stated that such incidents must not occur again.
Last Saturday’s showpiece game was marred by heavy-handed policing, organizational turmoil, and overcrowding, according to Liverpool fans.
Real Madrid has demanded an explanation for a “series of regrettable circumstances.”
“No football fan should ever be put in that predicament, and it must never happen again,” claimed a statement from Uefa.
“On a night that should have been a celebration of European club football, Uefa wishes to sincerely apologize to all spectators who had to suffer or witness terrifying and disturbing incidents in the build-up to the Uefa Champions League final at the Stade de France on 28 May 2022 in Paris.”
Ticket holders who were denied entry to the stadium by security personnel must be refunded “as soon as possible,” according to French President Emmanuel Macron.
“I have a concern for the families who have been pushed around, who have been denied access to the seats they paid for,” Macron added.
“I have requested that the administration clarify what occurred, define the parties’ obligations, and explain them to our compatriots, the British, and the Spanish, in detail.”
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Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues of Portugal will lead an impartial study of what happened in the build-up to the final and what lessons might be learned, according to European football’s governing body.
Late arrivals and bogus tickets were accused by French officials and Uefa for the tumultuous scenes outside the Stade de France, which caused the match to be delayed by more than half an hour.
Some fans were subjected to tear gas and pepper spray by police. Local gangs have also been accused of targeting sympathizers.
Only English fans, according to France’s interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, caused difficulties at the final.
The review will attempt to create a complete picture and timeline of what happened during the day, both within the stadium and in the surrounding areas, including an examination of spectator flows to the stadium via various access points “Uefa’s statement was also stated.
Sir Kenny Dalglish, a Liverpool icon, said the apology was “a start,” but added: “There is still much to be done.
“This apology does not include the erroneous statement regarding the late kickoff, the events at the fan park, or the events that followed.”
Fans are left defenseless and abandoned.’
Real Madrid published a statement earlier on Friday, requesting information on “unfortunate incidents” during the game, which the Spanish team won 1-0.
They also want to know why the game was held in the Stade de France and who was “responsible for abandoning and defending the supporters.”
“Football has sent out a message to the world that is far apart from the ideals and purposes that it should be pursuing,” the statement added.
Real Madrid noted “unfortunate events” that occurred “in the vicinity of and at entrance points to the Stade de France, as well as inside the stadium itself,” adding that its supporters “fell victim to those events.”
“We’d like to know the reasons for this site being picked to host the final, as well as the criteria utilized, taking into account the day’s experiences,” they added.
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Furthermore, we demand answers and explanations in order to identify those who are guilty for abandoning and defending the fans. Fans who, in general, acted in a professional manner at all times.
We believe that what should have been a magnificent football celebration for all of the supporters who attended the game suddenly devolved into a sequence of tragic occurrences that have sparked worldwide indignation.
“Several fans were violently abused, harassed, beaten, and robbed, as evidenced by the revealing photographs broadcast by the media.
“These incidents persisted as they traveled in their automobiles or buses, raising concerns about their physical safety. As a result of their injuries, some supporters had to spend the night in the hospital.”
The club went on to say:”
Our supporters and fans demand a response, and those involved should be held accountable, so that incidents like these are no longer a part of football and sport in general.”
Liverpool’s chief executive Billy Hogan described France’s interior minister’s statements criticizing English fans as “disgraceful” on Thursday.
“As I mentioned earlier in the week, my response to the French minister’s words is simply one of disbelief,” Hogan added.
He claimed that 6,500 fans had responded to a request from the Premier League club, which asked fans who attended the final to fill out a feedback form to help with any probe into the event’s operational administration.
This is a start, but there is still a long way to go. This apology does’t cover the false message about the late kick off, events at the fan park, or what happened in the aftermath.
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The anguish, grief, harm, and hurt that [fans] experienced on Saturday, and now to be told by a French minister that just Liverpool fans are a problem, it’s absolutely awful,” Hogan added.
“We’ve written to Uefa again with specific questions – 13 specific questions – that we’d like them to answer about the contents of this investigation,” Hogan said.
“We just think it’s critical that we get this investigation started, and frankly, that we get it started right away.”