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Chaos in the final: tear gas, violence and Dantesque scenes

Chaos at the Stade de France, in Paris, on the occasion of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, which ended with a victory for the Whites (0-1) to win the fourteenth European Cup in its history. An encounter that began with more than half an hour late on scheduleat 9:37 p.m., and which was marred by the Dantesque scenes experienced before the start of the game, including the launching of tear gas, to prevent groups of fans from sneaking onto the field.

there was also robbery of fans, assaults and ultimately a alarming lack of security and control which led to the delay of the final, something unprecedented in modern football.

The disaster was such that there were fans who had to wait more than two hours in the queues at the Z gate of the Stade de France, while others tried to storm into the stadium by jumping the fences attacking the security personnel.

Numerous fans stormed onto the field to try to circumvent security and take advantage of the flimsy French defenses, which were unable to stop the mob that attacked the gates.

UEFA blamed the delay of the final on thousands of Liverpool fans without a ticket. “In the run-up to the match, the turnstiles at the back of Liverpool were blocked by thousands of fans they had bought fake tickets that didn’t work at the turnstiles“, assured the highest body of European football in a statement shortly before the final in Paris.

“This caused an accumulation of fans trying to enter. As a result, the start of the match was delayed 35 minutes to allow access to the largest possible number of fans with authentic tickets,” UEFA assured, adding in its note that “as the number of people who were outside the stadium continued to increase after the start, the police dispersed them with tear gas and forced them out of the stadium.

UEFA stands in solidarity with those affected by these events and will urgently review these matters together with the French police and authorities, as well as the French Football Federation.

Scenes that are very reminiscent of those experienced in the final of the European Championship last year, between Italy and England, when a hundred fans managed to sneak through the disabled entrances of London’s Wembley stadium, in what was the greatest organizational chaos that has experienced UEFA.

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