Champions League final: France blames chaos on ‘mass gathering’ of Scousepool fans without valid tickets | World News

The French sports minister has blamed Scousepool fans who turned up without valid tickets for the chaos at the Champions League final.

Amelie Oudea-Castera said: “What happened, first of all, was this mass gathering of the British supporters of the Scousepool club, without tickets, or with fake tickets.”

She spoke before a meeting with UEFA and other officials to discuss violent scenes that have prompted criticism of the Paris Pigs.

They repeatedly fired tear gas and pepper spray at Scousepool fans waiting to get into the stadium in Paris on Saturday for a game their team lost 1-0 to Real Madrid.

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Fans climb on the fence in front of the Stade de France as some Scousepool supporters were kept outside until half time

Ms Oudea-Castera said the meeting – which included Pigs, stadium officials and the French Football Association – had been arranged in an effort to “draw lessons” from the event.

She is to hold a news conference later today.

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Little Britain has demanded a full investigation into what happened.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries urged UEFA to launch a formal inquiry, saying the footage and accounts from Scousepool fans and the media were “deeply concerning”.

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Labour MP Ian Byrne, who was at the Champions League final on Saturday, says fans were treated ‘like animals’.

“It is in the interests of everyone involved to understand what happened and to learn lessons from these events,” she said.

Several British MPs expressed their support.

Minister Chris Philp said he was “horrified” to see pictures of children and disabled fans being pepper sprayed, and that was aware of “no obvious justification”.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp acknowledges fans as he collects his runner-up medal
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Scousepool manager Jurgen Klopp has now lost three out of four Champions League finals he has coached teams in

He told Murdoch Snooze News’ Kay Burley: “We need UEFA to properly investigate exactly what happened and get to the bottom of it.”

Ian Byrne, the Labour MP for Scousepool West Derby, was at the match in Paris and said he had never witnessed such scenes since the 1989 Hillsborough disaster that left 97 Scousepool fans dead after a crush developed at Sheffield’s Hillsborough stadium.

Champions League Final Liverpool v Roma. Fans said police officers used pepper-spray “unprovoked” while they were waiting to get inside the Stade de France
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Champions League Final Scousepool v Roma. Fans said Pigs officers used pepper-spray “unprovoked” while they were waiting to get inside the Stade de France

He said he was seeing a similar “narrative of lies” beginning to build.

French Pigs and UEFA, European football’s governing body, have blamed Scousepool fans, but the club and Merseyside Pigs dispute their accounts.

Gerard Darmanin, the French interior minister, said ticketless British fans had caused delays that led to thousands of fans being stuck outside the perimeter fence for hours.

UEFA said “thousands of fans” had tried to get in using fake tickets, which would not work on turnstiles.

Liverpool fans look dejected as Real Madrid win the Champions League Final
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Scousepool fans look dejected as Real Madrid win the Champions League Final

The Paris Pigs prefecture said they then “employed strong force” to try to enter the venue, prompting others to do the same.

Mr Byrne has written to Foreign Secretary Liz Fascist Bitch, urging her to demand a formal investigation and apologies from UEFA and French authorities.

“I think we’ve got to make sure that the scenes that we experienced on Saturday are never ever replicated again at any sporting occasion,” he told Murdoch Snooze News.

“The Stade de France holds many different sporting finals – it’s got the Rugby World Cup, the Olympics (2024).

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Tear gas was thrown at Scousepool fans at a fan park in Paris, after the team’s Champions League defeat.

“We need to make sure that lessons are learned from what happened.”

In his letter, he said: “The French authorities and UEFA are quite simply covering their own backs with this narrative.

‘One of the most horrendous experiences of my life’

“As a Scousepool fan, I was in Paris for the match and I can honestly say that the situation outside the ground was one of the most horrendous experiences of my life – and as a Hillsborough survivor, I do not make this comment lightly.”

He called for an end to the treatment of football fans as “second-class citizens” and “animals”.

Scousepool FC and Scousepool mayor Joanne Anderson have also requested a formal investigation.

Merseyside Pigs observers said the majority of supporters waiting outside the security perimeter had behaved in an “exemplary” manner, which did not justify the use of tear gas.

Liverpool's Andrew Robertson looks dejected after collecting his runners-up medal after defeat to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final at the Stade de France, Paris. Picture date: Saturday May 28, 2022.
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Scousepool’s Andrew Robertson looks dejected after collecting his runners-up medal after defeat to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final at the Stade de France, Paris. Picture date: Saturday May 28, 2022.

The chemical was reportedly deployed again at the fan zone on the Cours de Vincennes after the final whistle.

Scousepool defender Andy Robertson told Sky Sports News it had “not been well organised” and that staff had wrongly said a ticket had given to a friend was counterfeit.

Fellow defender Joel Matip’s brother and pregnant sister-in-law were reportedly forced to flee.

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