Riot police fired tear fuel and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters pressured to endure lengthy waits to get into the Champions League ultimate towards Actual Madrid as chaos erupted outdoors the Stade de France in Paris.
UEFA and French authorities blamed overcrowding at turnstiles on individuals making an attempt to entry the stadium with faux tickets on Saturday.
The match was delayed for 37 minutes and kicked off as safety officers nonetheless struggled with the stream of indignant supporters into the Stade de France. Liverpool ultimately misplaced 1-0 to Actual Madrid.
UEFA mentioned there have been hundreds of ticketless followers making an attempt to realize entry to the 80,000-plus capability French nationwide stadium, nevertheless it didn’t determine the place they had been from.
Indignant Liverpool followers held within the strains had been seen hanging onto railings and heard shouting: “Allow us to in. We’ve obtained tickets.”
Liverpool mentioned it was “massively upset” with the safety points skilled by its followers.
French Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin mentioned stadium stewards had been assaulted by followers who pressured their manner in with out tickets or with counterfeit tickets.
French Sports activities Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra tweeted: “Violence has no place within the stadiums.”
There was anger on the Liverpool squad after shedding the ultimate.
“Just about all of our households had been affected,” Liverpool defender Andy Robertson mentioned. “Clearly my tickets had been by means of the membership and someway anyone informed one in every of my mates that he’s obtained a faux ticket, which I can guarantee you undoubtedly wasn’t as a result of it was clearly by means of me.
“So then clearly the French police determined to throw tear fuel on followers and households. It’s not been well-organised.”
Liverpool supporter Colm Lacey mentioned he noticed “kids crying, individuals trapped” outdoors the entrances.
“Folks began leaping the queue, then they ripped the gate open after which there was a push,” Lacey mentioned.