UEFA apologizes to fans for incidents at Stade de France

UEFA presented this Friday June 3, almost a week after the incidents, its apologies to the supporters who “had to undergo” them “painful events” surrounding the Champions League final on Saturday at the Stade de France, or “to attend”.

Chaos at the Stade de France: shame beyond borders

‘No football fan should be put in this situation, and it must not happen again’insists the European body, which specifies in passing the objectives of the investigation ordered Monday into the circumstances of the meeting won by Real Madrid (1-0) against Liverpool.

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“Identify the gaps”

Entrusted to the former Portuguese Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, this report should “identify the shortcomings and responsibilities of all entities involved in the organization of the final”.

In detail, it will have to evaluate “all relevant operational plans related to security, mobility, ticketing”as well as “planning and preparation” of the various actors involved, “including on sites” separate from the stadium such as meeting points for supporters.

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Brandão Rodrigues will contact the representatives of the supporters, the two clubs, “spectators in general, the French Football Federation (FFF), the police, national and local authorities and the stadium operator”, lists UEFA. For the time being it is “the only survey to which supporters are associated”said Ronan Evain, executive director of the Football Supporters Europe association, to AFP.

Scenes of chaos at the Stade de France

If the communication from UEFA “Saturday night was not ideal”laconically attributing the incidents to the “thousands of counterfeit banknotes”, “The main thing is that she is there, and puts the pressure on” on the French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, the FFF and the Paris police headquarters, “so that they recognize that the supporters were victims of the events”added Ronan Evain.

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“The only aggressiveness we saw came from the French police”: they testify to the chaos at the Stade de France

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On Saturday evening, the impossibility of transporting spectators with tickets in time not only delayed the kick-off of the match by 36 minutes, but the scenes of chaos around the stadium also went around the world.

Jostling, attempted intrusion by individuals without a ticket, supporters – including children – treated brutally by the police or victims of theft: six days later, the two clubs were still in awe of their welcome to Paris for the biggest game of the season in Europe. Some fans weren’t able to enter the enclosure until well after kick-off, while others were never able to enter the gates of the 79,000-seat stadium.

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