Before the Champions League final between Real Madrid and FC Liverpool there is chaos in front of the stadium. The game starts more than half an hour later after problems with the entrance. The police use tear gas. There is clear criticism of the organizers.
The kick-off of the Champions League final between Real Madrid and FC Liverpool on Saturday was significantly delayed due to massive problems with admission. The game at the Stade de France near Paris started at 9:36 p.m., 36 minutes later than planned.
The kick-off had previously been delayed by the European Football Union Uefa by 15 minutes and then two more times. The organizers initially stated safety reasons on the scoreboard, but then it was said that it was due to the “delayed arrival of fans”.
This enraged numerous Liverpool supporters, who reported on social media that they had been waiting in front of the stadium for a long time. Pictures show sometimes chaotic scenes at the entrance and long queues around the arena. Police reportedly used tear gas on bystanders.
The police in Paris registered 68 arrests and 238 injuries around the final in an expressly “provisional” balance sheet. At 1:20 a.m., police said 68 people had been arrested before, during and after the game. The injuries were “slight” injuries, the care took place on site. It was not initially known how many of the cases had to do with the massive problems at the entrance to the stadium with the use of tear gas by the police.
“I’m not sure it’s possible to organize an event worse, even if you try. Absolutely chaotic and dangerous,” tweeted English soccer legend Gary Lineker with Uefa as the addressee. He described the delay as a result of the late arrival of the fans as “bullshit”.
“The organization around and in the stadium is not only unworthy of a Champions League final,” said former professional footballer Marvin Matip, brother of Liverpool’s Joel Matip, on Sky. “Using tear gas in areas with children and bystanders is dangerous to the public.”
Paris police tweeted in French, English and Spanish that fans should not try to force entry. The AP news agency reported that there had been a few incidents where fans apparently tried to gain entry without tickets.
Numerous Liverpool FC supporters were not in the stands when the originally scheduled kick-off at 9 p.m. started, but there were still a few gaps when the whistle started more than half an hour later. The Real Madrid fan areas, on the other hand, were well filled early on.
The teams came out of the dressing room shortly after 9:00 p.m. and warmed up a second time. The opening ceremony started at 9:23 p.m., accompanied by a loud whistling concert from the supporters.
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