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UEFA Champions League final 2022

Prior to the 2022 UEFA Champions League final between English team Liverpool and Spanish team Real Madrid on the evening of 28 May 2022, significant crowd issues  at the entrances to the Stade de France developed. 

Independent Review 2022 UEFA Champions League Final

Chaired by
Tiago Brandão Rodrigues

Ken Early: Uefa are lucky the Paris shambles did not have far worse consequences

You can’t try and pass a camel through the eye of a needle and then pepper spray it when it can’t move

Chaos at Stade de France mars Champions League final

French police arrested 105 people and placed 39 into custody during the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, following chaotic scenes on Saturday at the Stade de France north of Paris that were branded a national embarrassment.  

Champions League: French minister says only English fans posed problems

France’s Interior Minister has defended how police handled Saturday’s Champions League final in Paris which saw some Liverpool fans being tear gassed.

The Guardian

How the Champions League final descended into chaos – visual investigation

The most definitive look yet at what went wrong, why it went wrong, and how Liverpool supporters were instantly blamed on the night of the final against Real Madrid at Paris’ Stade de France

Champions League chaos: Tear gas fired at Liverpool fans

PARIS (AP) — Riot police fired tear gas and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters forced to endure lengthy waits to get into the Champions League final amid logistical chaos and an attempt by UEFA and French authorities to blame overcrowding at turnstiles on people trying to access the stadium with fake tickets on Saturday.

Liverpool ‘hugely disappointed’ by treatment of fans outside Paris final

Kick-off in the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Paris on Saturday had to be delayed by 36 minutes amid safety concerns. There were chaotic scenes as security checks led to bottlenecks and police deployed pepper spray or tear gas, again raising serious questions about Uefa’s organisation of a major event.

Champions League final: Liverpool call for investigation into 'unacceptable issues' faced by fans

Liverpool have called for an investigation into the “unacceptable issues” faced by fans which led to their Champions League final against Real Madrid being delayed.

Champions League final: French police were heavy-handed with absolutely zero tolerance, says Sky Sports News chief reporter

Sky Sports News’ chief reporter, Kaveh Solhekol, was at the Stade de France on Saturday night. He says a lot of people turned up at the stadium without tickets, adding that they seemed to be young, French people milling around and trying to break through security cordons.

Champions League Final: Harrowing accounts of post-match violence spark debate

A week has gone by but the stadium “fiasco” remains a hot issue in France, with new and harrowing accounts about the breakdown in law and order when the match had come to an end.

Liverpool FC statement on UCL final entry issues

We are hugely disappointed at the stadium entry issues and breakdown of the security perimeter that Liverpool fans faced this evening at Stade de France.

Champions League final: Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan 'incredibly surprised' by French sports minister claiming fans were 'let out in wild'

Saturday’s game at the Stade de France between Liverpool and Real Madrid kicked off after a 36-minute delay; UEFA blamed “thousands of fans with fake tickets” for delays but has commissioned independent report into events in Paris; French Sports Minister also commissions report

Real Madrid demand answers over treatment of fans at Champions League final

Real Madrid have demanded answers from organisers over the treatment of supporters at last Saturday’s Champions League final against Liverpool in Paris.

No excuse for Uefa echoing Hillsborough by instantly blaming Liverpool fans

Two days on from the Paris horrors, where Uefa demonstrated shocking ignorance of lessons learned from Hillsborough and other football catastrophes, Liverpool were already facing another one: beware the “independent inquiry”.

Uefa's organisation of Champions League final a failure, panel finds

The organisation of May’s Champions League final by European football’s ruling body Uefa was “an abject failure”, a panel of experts has said.

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