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Timeline of Champions League final chaos: UEFA launch investigation, UK PM slams French officials


The recently concluded Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool was marred by controversy after massive chaos broke out outside the Stad de France ahead of the blockbuster clash. Real Madrid then beat Liverpool 1-0 in the final to win their 14th Champions League/European Cup title, but their record victory was overshadowed by what happened outside the stadium on the day of the final.

UEFA have been criticized by many for their failure to control the crowd at one of the biggest sporting spectacles in the world. The final was delayed for 36 minutes after UEFA claimed some fans were trying to force their way into the stadium without tickets or fake tickets.

Ruckus was set in Liverpool where French riot police were deployed after fans got out of hand. While Real Madrid fans managed to enter the stadium rather peacefully, the same was not the case on the Liverpool side where some fans reportedly attempted to break into the stadium without tickets.

There were gruesome scenes outside the stadium as videos went viral on social media showing French police using tear gas and pepper spray on Liverpool fans, including children. Some fans feared a stampede while others called it the “worst experience of their lives”.

The controversy has now intensified after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently criticized French officials for their harsh treatment of fans. The British Prime Minister has urged UEFA to work closely with the French authorities on a full investigation and to publish the findings.

Read also : UEFA to investigate Champions League chaos

Here is a timeline of the whole controversy:

Chaos outside Stad de France ahead of the Champions League final

Minutes before the 2021-22 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool kicked off in Paris, there was chaos outside the Stad de France where the match was being played. Some fans stormed into the stadium without tickets and others with fake tickets trying to make their way to the final. Fans were seen climbing over the fences and trying to get inside, which resulted in a 36-minute delay for kick-off.

Use of tear gas and pepper spray

French police were seen using tear gas and pepper spray to control crowds outside the Stad de France. The action took place in Liverpool, where some England fans claimed pepper spray was also used on children. The French police’s handling of the situation and their treatment of foreign fans in the country came under scrutiny after the incident.

Read also : Chaos, controversy and drama but Real Madrid claim 14th Champions League crown

Genuine ticket holders were refused entry

Amid fears of a stampede and horrified by scenes outside the stadium, some Liverpool fans were unable to enter the stadium despite buying expensive final tickets before reaching Paris from their respective countries. The gates were blocked by French officials who refused entry to fans after chaos and the illegal entry of a crowd of fans.

What did Liverpool say?

Liverpool were quick to issue a statement condemning the French authorities’ mismanagement at the Stad de France ahead of such a big game. The English club have also demanded an official investigation into the matter after images of pepper spray and tear gas being used against fans surfaced on social media.

“We are extremely disappointed with the stadium entry issues and breach of security perimeter that Liverpool supporters faced tonight at the Stade de France,” the club said in a statement.

“It is the biggest game in European football and fans should not have to experience the scenes we witnessed tonight. We have officially requested a formal investigation into the causes of these unacceptable problems,” he said. he adds.

UEFA launches investigation

UEFA announced on Monday that it would carry out an independent investigation into the chaos that erupted in the Champions League final. European football’s governing body has appointed Portuguese politician Tiago Brandao Rodrigues to oversee the report, the findings of which will be made public and the way forward will be decided after that.

“Evidence will be collected from all parties involved. The findings of the independent report will be made public,” UEFA said in its statement.

Read also : France hold emergency meeting after chaos in Champions League final blamed on Liverpool

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson castigates the French authorities

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has slammed French officials for mistreating England fans outside the Stad de France ahead of the Champions League final and said the images that emerged from Paris “were deeply disturbing and worrying “. Johnson also demanded a proper investigation into the matter.

“The images from the Stade de France this weekend were deeply moving and worrying. We know many Liverpool fans made it to Paris in time to support their team in one of the biggest games of the season and we are extremely disappointed with the way they were treated.

“Fans deserve to know what happened, so we urge UEFA to work closely with the French authorities on a full investigation and to publish those findings,” Johnson’s spokesman said.

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