UEFA apologizes to Liverpool and Real Madrid fans for Champions League final chaos

UEFA on Friday apologized to all spectators who had to experience or witness frightening and heartbreaking events during the build-up to the Champions League final at the Stade de France on May 28 in Paris. Immediately after the events, UEFA commissioned an independent review to identify shortcomings and responsibilities of all entities involved in the organization of the final, and published the terms of reference for this review on Friday.

The independent review, which will be led by Portugal’s Tiago Brandao Rodrigues, aims to understand what happened in the build-up to the final and what lessons need to be learned to ensure there are no repetition of the actions and events of that day. .

The review will seek to establish a full picture and timeline of what happened during the day, both in the stadium and in the surrounding areas, including looking at the flows of spectators into the stadium through the various points of access.

It will also review all relevant operational plans related to security, mobility, ticketing, as well as others at the discretion of the Review Chair, and review the planning and preparedness of the entities involved for the organization of the final, including additional venues such as Liverpool FC and Real Madrid CF fan meeting points.

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The independent review aims to identify any issues or shortcomings in the implementation and operation of operations and to assess the roles and responsibilities of all entities involved and the adequacy of their response to events, in order to make recommendations on best practices for the future of UEFA. and relevant stakeholders.

The review will engage UEFA and all relevant stakeholders, including but not limited to supporter groups, including Football Supporters Europe, as well as those of the two finalist clubs; the finalist clubs themselves; general spectators; the French Football Federation; the police and other national and local public authorities, and the stadium operator.

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“Further information on how interested parties can submit their testimonies (via a dedicated email address or an online questionnaire) will be communicated shortly. The results of the review, conclusions and recommendations will be set out in detail. in the report and will be those of Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues and the experts supporting him. The review will begin immediately and should be concluded as soon as necessary to produce a full review of the events,” UEFA said.

Once completed, the report will be published by UEFA on for the sake of transparency.

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