Riot police fired tear gasoline and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters compelled to endure lengthy waits to get into the Champions League ultimate in opposition to Actual Madrid as chaos erupted outdoors the Stade de France in Paris.
UEFA and French authorities blamed overcrowding at turnstiles on folks making an attempt to entry the stadium with faux tickets on Saturday.
The match was delayed for 37 minutes and kicked off as safety officers nonetheless struggled with the circulate of indignant supporters into the Stade de France. Liverpool finally misplaced 1-0 to Actual Madrid.
UEFA stated there have been hundreds of ticketless followers making an attempt to achieve entry to the 80,000-plus capability French nationwide stadium, nevertheless it didn’t establish the place they had been from.
Indignant Liverpool followers held within the strains had been seen hanging onto railings and heard shouting: “Allow us to in. We’ve obtained tickets.”
Liverpool stated it was “vastly disillusioned” with the safety points skilled by its followers.
French Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin stated stadium stewards had been assaulted by followers who compelled their approach in with out tickets or with counterfeit tickets.
French Sports activities Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra tweeted: “Violence has no place within the stadiums.”
There was anger on the Liverpool squad after dropping the ultimate.
“Just about all of our households had been affected,” Liverpool defender Andy Robertson stated. “Clearly my tickets had been by the membership and in some way anyone informed certainly one of my mates that he’s obtained a faux ticket, which I can guarantee you positively wasn’t as a result of it was clearly by me.
“So then clearly the French police determined to throw tear gasoline on followers and households. It’s not been well-organised.”
Liverpool supporter Colm Lacey stated he noticed “youngsters crying, folks trapped” outdoors the entrances.
“Individuals began leaping the queue, then they ripped the gate open after which there was a push,” Lacey stated.