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Updated Monday, May 30, 2022 –
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The country’s authorities say that among Liverpool fans “70% of the tickets were false.” They also announce that there have been 77 detainees for the massive robberies around the Stade de France

Liverpool fans at the Stade de France.Christophe EnaAP
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French authorities on Monday blamed the chaos in access to the Champions League final on the “disorganization” that allowed tens of thousands of Liverpool fans without tickets to travel to Paris and the “massive fraud” of counterfeit tickets.

“We regret the disorganization that saw between 30,000 and 40,000 British fans without tickets or with counterfeit tickets arrive at the Stade de France,” said the Home Secretary, Grald Darmanin.

In addition, “a massive fraud, on an industrial scale, of counterfeit tickets has been verified,” Darmanin added in an appearance before the press after a meeting of more than two hours with the Minister of Sports, Amlie Ouda Castra.

The head of the Interior recalled that the tickets were electronic but “at the request of UEFA” printed tickets were admitted, “which opened the possibility of fraud.”

“More than 70% were false”

He detailed that, in the area of ​​​​previous filtering of Liverpool fans, “more than 70% of the tickets were false”, which ended up generating problems in the security system to the point that the intervention of the riot police was necessary.

He also said he “regrets” that fans, including families with children, suffered the consequences of tear gas, and acknowledged that he has seen videos of French police using gas “unnecessarily and disproportionately.”

Darmanin recalled that the 2019 Champions League final in Madrid saw “the same problem” of tens of thousands of British fans traveling without incident.

Compensation to those affected

Somewhat more than 2,700 fans were finally unable to access the stadium despite having a ticket, reported Ouda-Casta, who advanced that there will be “compensation” for those affected, although without giving more details.

Both ministers stressed that these incidents occurred in the access areas for English fans. “There has been no problem on the Spanish side,” Darmanin said.

“The disorganization of the arrival of British fans by their club has complicated it,” stressed the interior minister, who also partially blamed the strike, that precise day, on the nearby train line that leads to the stadium and which also connects the two Paris airports.

Another question is that of the numerous groups of criminals that launched themselves in an organized way to try to rob the fans of both teams. The authorities have arrested 77 people for these events in the town of Saint Denis, on the outskirts of Paris, where the stadium is located.


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