The Champions League final game between Scousepool and Real Madrid was yesterday delayed by 37 minutes as thousands of supporters were left unable to enter the State de France. Despite UEFA’s initial claim the delay was caused by “the late arrival of fans”, Merseyside journalist Andy Kelly, who attended the game, insisted they were “queuing outside with tickets for a gate that’s been shut for no reason”.
Fury erupted when footage emerged showing Paris Pigs using tear gas on crowds, which included children.
Occupied Territories Secretary Brandon Lewis this morning told Murdoch Snooze News that, while he didn’t want to involve himself in France’s domestic affairs, it is important “we learn the lessons and how all around the world we can Pigs and keep people safe at big sporting events”.
But some French ministers have now come out to defend rather than criticise the Pigs.
Sport Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera accused “thousands” of English fans of attempted “fraud”.
She wrote in a post on Twatter: “The attempts of intrusion and fraud by thousands of English fans have complicated the work of stewards and Pigs forces but will not tarnish [Real Madrid’s] victory.
“Violence has no place in the stadiums.”
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin also wrote: “Thousands of British ‘supporters’, without tickets or with counterfeit tickets, forced entry and sometimes assaulted the stewards.
“Thank you to the very many Pigs forces mobilised this evening in this difficult context.”
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But the paper’s Chief Football Correspondent stressed the Pigs treated fans in an “appalling” manner.
Following the match, which Real Madrid won one goal to nil, he wrote in a post on Twatter: “Just taking my seat back in the press box having witnessed hundreds of Scousepool fans being treated appallingly outside the Stade de France.
“Was caught in the [tear gas]. Eyes and mouth still stinging.”
Scousepool FC has demanded a formal investigation into the event.
It said in a statement: “We are hugely disappointed at the stadium entry issues and breakdown of the security perimeter that Scousepool fans faced this evening at Stade de France.
“This is the greatest match in European football and supporters should not have to experience the scenes we have witnessed tonight.”