This post contains affiliate links. “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
Liverpool have reiterated their demand for an independent inquiry into the unpleasant scenes that marred their Champions League final loss to Real Madrid, while British Culture Minister Nadine Dorries called on UEFA to investigate the “immediate” events.
Liverpool called for an investigation following reports that supporters were hit by harsh police ahead of the competition at the Stade de France on Saturday, where the showpiece event was delayed by half an hour as Reds fans struggled to enter the stadium.
UEFA initially blamed the disruption on fans using fake tickets, with the French interior minister supporting such allegations, but widespread reports that police used tear gas and pepper spray on orderly supporters have led to calls for an investigation.
Merseyside Police praised the “exemplary” behavior of most Liverpool fans in a statement released on Sunday, while Reds supporter group Spirit of Shankly blamed the “incompetence” of the final organizers.
The Premier League club have now reiterated their demand for a “transparent” investigation into the scenes, with CEO Billy Hogan telling the club’s media channels that it is “unacceptable” that fans’ safety was endangered.
‘What happened outside the stadium completely overshadowed [the match]”he said.” The entrance to the stadium and the collapse of security was absolutely unacceptable, and quite frankly, the treatment of our fans too.
“As we discussed last night with UEFA, we are asking for a complete and transparent inquiry, an independent inquiry that can help establish the facts.
“It is imperative that we understand what happened and how we got into the situation where people’s safety was endangered. It is important that we understand what happened last night, but it is also important that we take whatever we have learned and ensure that it never happens again.
“As an example, Merseyside Police were on the scene in an advisory capacity, and as you may have seen, they issued a statement earlier today [Sunday]where they talked about the fans’ behavior being exemplary, did what they were asked to do, and were proper, and [discussing] the fact that fans were also there very early in the stadium.
“We are committed to ensuring that there is an independent inquiry, and it is clear that we as a club will definitely be a part of it and work together, and we look forward to ensuring that it happens and that it happens. well.”
Our CEO Billy Hogan has given an update from the club about the problems that fans experienced at Saturday’s Champions League final in Paris. pic.twitter.com/K17mAkkJJa
—Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 29, 2022
Hogan also revealed that the club will establish a means by which Liverpool fans can pass on their experiences to the club, adding: “The most important thing is that people are safe, it was an incredibly difficult night for many people and we understand that there were many different experiences.
“It is imperative that we hear from supporters that we get the facts and we want to be able to give those facts to the relevant authorities.”
Meanwhile, the British government, through Culture Minister Dorries, has also demanded that UEFA investigate the scenes after Liverpool West Derby MP Ian Byrne said fans had been treated as “animals”.
“The footage and reports from Liverpool fans and the media about their entry into the Stade de France last night are deeply worrying,” it read in a widespread statement from Dorries.
“Thousands of ticket holders traveled to Paris well in advance to support their team in the biggest match of the season.
“I urge UEFA to launch a formal inquiry into what went wrong and why, in coordination with the stadium staff, the French police, the French Football Federation, the Merseyside Police and the Liverpool Football Club.
“It is in the interest of all involved to understand what happened and to learn from these events.”