Police officers clash with Real Madrid supporters after winning the Champions League final in Madrid on May 29, 2022. – Reuters pic
Sunday, May 29, 2022 7:19 p.m. GMT
PARIS, May 29 – French police have arrested dozens of people in Paris during the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, which was marred by scenes of chaos which delayed kick-off.
Liverpool said genuine ticket holders were unable to gain access to the match due to a security breakdown while UEFA and French authorities blamed a problem with counterfeit tickets.
The delayed match and chaotic scenes outside the Stade de France in Paris – where French police used tear gas to disperse supporters – were not what the French capital wanted just two years before host the Olympics.
The Home Office said 68 people had been arrested, 39 of whom were taken into custody and remanded in custody, meaning they could face charges.
European football’s governing body UEFA blamed “fake tickets that didn’t work in the turnstiles” for the 35-minute delay to the final.
But Liverpool said they were “extremely disappointed” that their supporters suffered an “unacceptable” breach of the security perimeter.
However, French Home Secretary Gérald Darmanin pointed the finger at Liverpool supporters, saying “thousands of British ‘supporters’, either without tickets or with counterfeit tickets, forced their way through and sometimes behaved violently towards the stewards”.
french newspaper The world commented, “The party that was to precede the final…was ruined and turned into utter chaos.” “From celebration to fiasco”, says the major French sports daily The Team.
Unlike the scenes outside the stadium, the Paris police noted that the proceedings in two large fan areas hosting thousands of supporters from both sides had taken place in a good atmosphere and without major incident.
Some 40,000 Liverpool supporters without a match ticket had gathered in their area in eastern Paris to enjoy the atmosphere. Despite the disappointment of the loss, they left the area without any problems.
Paris firefighters – who deal with all manner of emergencies – said the night was largely calm although they treated some supporters for the effects of tear gas as well as excessive alcohol consumption. alcohol. —AFP