Fiasco at the Stade de France: UEFA finally apologizes to fans

UEFA apologized on Friday to fans who “had to endure” the “painful events” surrounding the Champions League final on Saturday at the Stade de France, or “attend”. These apologies come almost a week after the incidents.

“No football fan should be put in this situation, and this should not happen again,” said the European body. Madrid (1-0) against Liverpool.

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

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In detail, it will need to assess “all relevant operational plans related to security, mobility, ticketing”, as well as the “planning and preparation” of the various actors involved, “including on site”. stadium stadiums such as fan meeting points.

Tiago Brandão Rodrigues will contact supporters, the two clubs, “spectators in general, the French Football Federation (FFF), the police, national and local authorities and the stadium operator,” UEFA said. .

Chaos and incidents

On Saturday night, the inability to get ticketed spectators in time not only delayed the kick-off of the match by 36 minutes, but the chaos scenes around the stadium also went around the world.

Scramble, attempted intrusion of ticketless individuals, supporters – including children – brutally treated by law enforcement or robbery victims: six days later, the two clubs did not take off on their reception in Paris for the biggest game of the season in Europe. Some fans were only able to enter the stadium long after the kick-off, while others were never able to get through the 79,000-seat stadium.

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