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Incidents at the Stade de France: UEFA opens an investigation


UEFA, Union of European Football Associations, order “independent report” about the incidents that occurred near the Stade de France during the Champions League final on May 28.

This investigation, which will be led by the Portuguese parliamentarian Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, “will relate to the decision-making processes, responsibilities and behaviors of all the entities that participated in the organization of this final” of the UEFA championship, specifies the latter in a press release published on Monday, May 30.

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“The findings of this independent report will be made public […]. UEFA will study the next steps when they have learned of the results of this study.we read in the press release.

Organizational fiasco

Scenes of chaos took place outside the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on Saturday, as Real Madrid met Liverpool FC in the Champions League final. English fans were violently pushed back by the police and the kick-off of the match had to be delayed.

Incidents at the Stade de France: the course of this evening of chaos

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin on Monday denounced a “massive, industrial and organized fraud of counterfeit banknotes”. “30,000 to 40,000 English supporters ended up at the Stade de France, either without tickets or with falsified tickets”he told the press after an interministerial meeting organized on these dysfunctions. “We believe that the fraud comes from the other side of the Channel”, he also said. An investigation was launched by the Bobigny public prosecutor’s office for “massive fraud” counterfeit notes.

Downing Street, for its part, said “extremely disappointed with the way they were treated” Liverpool supporters and judging Stade de France footage “deeply troubling and concerning”. “The fans deserve to know what happened”added the spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Gérald Darmanin and the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castera, will be heard on these incidents on Wednesday by the Senate Law and Culture Committees.

These incidents raise questions in particular about France’s ability to welcome spectators to the 2024 Olympic Games in good conditions.



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