Liverpool fans ‘were not well enough protected’ in Paris, according to a report on the chaos of the Champions League final, the minister who blamed the fans said his words ‘were not up to height”


Liverpool fans weren’t to blame for the chaos at Stade de France in last season’s Champions League final, according to a report.

Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin has been criticized for giving a “partial and imprecise” analysis of events that blamed England fans, and even Jurgen Klopp, for overcrowding in the centerpiece of Paris.

Fans were herded long after kick-off
Liverpool fans 'were not well enough protected' in Paris, according to a report on the chaos of the Champions League final, the minister who blamed the fans said his words 'were not up to height"
And Darmanin’s decision to blame the fans was criticized by the report
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The final against Real Madrid on May 28 was delayed by an hour, with fans queuing outside tear gassed on the orders of police chief Didier Lallement and at risk of being crushed.

A report on the final was released by the French Senate on Wednesday, claiming a “lack of preparation” and an “impossibility of entering the stadium” were responsible for the chaos that unfolded.

A series of recommendations have also been released with the Senate saying the events must be a “warning shot” ahead of the 2024 Rugby World Cup and Olympics.

Darmanin blamed Liverpool supporters in the hours after the match, which the Senate said was “not up to par”.

The senator and president of the commission, Laurent Lafon, declared: “It is very clear that the two arguments which he put forward as of Saturday evening and Sunday saying that it was the massive influx of spectators and the counterfeit tickets : these two arguments exist but are not the cause of the malfunctions.

“The analysis made by the Minister of the Interior on the evening of the match and the day after the match was not the right one.

Liverpool fans 'were not well enough protected' in Paris, according to a report on the chaos of the Champions League final, the minister who blamed the fans said his words 'were not up to height"
Lafon criticized the minister’s response
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“It was a partial and imprecise analysis which did not immediately allow us to take a step back.

“From this point of view, the remarks of the Minister of the Interior were not up to the level of the incidents observed and the emotion aroused by these incidents.

“What happened was a lack of preparation and inaccuracies in the preparation and in the execution.”

Lafon also blamed UEFA, as well as the organizers and the police, for the problems that unfolded.

Liverpool fans 'were not well enough protected' in Paris, according to a report on the chaos of the Champions League final, the minister who blamed the fans said his words 'were not up to height"
Paris police chief Didier Lallement has come under fire as the Senate hints at reports he could lose his job
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“UEFA’s ticketing management was inadequate,” he said. “We knew that the use of paper tickets led to counterfeit tickets.

“UEFA did not do what was necessary to fight against this when the counterfeits were ten times higher. Counterfeit banknotes disrupted the course of events but that is not the main cause.

“With this management, there are problems at checkpoints, poor training of stewards and in the management of disputes. We want to make the use of tamper evident tickets mandatory for high stakes events.

Lafon also said he would recommend improvements, including notifying ticket holders of incidents in real time and better training for stewards and police.

Liverpool fans 'were not well enough protected' in Paris, according to a report on the chaos of the Champions League final, the minister who blamed the fans said his words 'were not up to height"
There were numerous accounts of fans being gassed by police before and after the game, which was confirmed by the report.
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He also said that the treatment of supporters was not taken into account by the organizers and that in the future there should be an ongoing dialogue to put in place more effective systems.

His colleague Senator François-Noël Buffet continued to defend the supporters by saying: “The reason given for the delay of the match is the delay of the Liverpool supporters, but it is the impossibility of entering the stadium which posed problem.

“In particular at ticket pre-filtering points. All the route from the RER [train] was marked by criminal attacks and this tarnished the image of France.

“England supporters were criticized but throughout the process it was only when the hearing of the supporters was announced that the ministers concerned expressed regret.

Liverpool fans 'were not well enough protected' in Paris, according to a report on the chaos of the Champions League final, the minister who blamed the fans said his words 'were not up to height"
Darmanin and UEFA later apologized but report claims he was in a hurry
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“During the hearings, the Chief Constable also expressed regret and only then did the Minister apologise. The protection of supporters and property has not been done well enough.

Buffet also argued that the police and stewards were not enough compared to previous big matches such as France v Denmark in the Nations League in March, saying: “It only took 10,000 fans for the to explode. The failure is therefore due to the decisions taken by the police headquarters.

“The excessive number of established supporters was unusual but not disproportionate. Pre-filtering caused a risk of crushing.

“There was also a lack of responsiveness on the part of the authorities. No reaction from carriers, organizers or the Prefecture of Police despite reports on transport.

Liverpool fans 'were not well enough protected' in Paris, according to a report on the chaos of the Champions League final, the minister who blamed the fans said his words 'were not up to height"
A number of changes have been recommended, with Paris set to stage many more big events
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“There were two risks for the supporters, a risk of crushing for the supporters. The second risk is that of gassing near the stadium.

“The prefect of police therefore lifted the preselection and then assumed the gassing to prevent the gates from falling and the stadium from being invaded. The decisions taken are the cause of a lack of anticipation.

The senators also spoke about the removal of CCTV footage as it had not been claimed for a week, saying it remains “on a case-by-case basis” but that the lack of footage “does not call into question the analysis of the incidents’.


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