Shocking - Champions League final organisation branded a shambles as Liverpool stars friends & family are tear-gassed
Reds legends had family and friends caught up in the chaos, which has prompted a sympathetic response from UEFA
Andrew Robertson has branded the organisation for the Champions League final a shambles after friends and family of theLiverpoolsquad were among those subjected to tear gas outside Stade de France.
The Premier League side missed out on aseventh Champions League success after losing 1-0 to Real Madridin the 2021-22 showpiece.
A miserable night for Jurgen Klopps team on the pitch was compounded by ugly scenes off it, with a large number of Reds supporters unable to gain entry to the match despite having tickets.
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What has been said about the Champions League final organisation in Paris?
UEFA delayed the kick-off by more than 30 minutesas thousands of fans attempted to enter the stadium without match passes.
This meant that a large number of paying supporters missed out on the final, and they were also subjected to rough treatment from police, who used tear gas to try and prevent people from climbing over the barriers.
Robertson toldBBC Sportof the chaos in Paris: One of my mates got told it was a fake which I assure you it wasnt.
It was a shambles really. To be honest, people were just making it up at times and panicking. Tear gas getting thrown at people was unacceptable.
It was horrendous for our fans and all families that have been through it as well. It wasnt a nice experience, not a nice final to come to. The Champions League should be a celebration but it wasnt that.
Obviously the final wasnt meant to be here and whether the preparations were not as good as maybe they should have been but I am sure in the coming days an inquest will go into that.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher took to Twitter to express his disappointment over the way fans were treated on the night, while also congratulating Madrid on their victory.
Tough one to take last night but credit to Real Madrid, their name was on the cup after the CL run theyve been on, said Carragher.
LFC have lost 4/63 this season so you cant really ask for much more than that. Friends & family tear gassed on the way out, shocking set up UEFA.
Tough one to take last night but credit to Real Madrid, their name was on the cup after the CL run theyve been on.@LFChave lost 4/63 this season so you cant really ask for much more than that. Friends & family tear gassed on the way out, shocking set up@UEFA
Robbie Fowler was another Liverpool legend who reacted to the terrifying incident on the popular social media platform as his family were directly affected.
Absolute shambolic organisation last night, he wrote. And no doubt the point scoring on here will carry on, fans tear-gassed, young and old sobbing, fans there in plenty of time .. my son/family caught in middle, witnessed it all .. genuinely terrified seeing it unfold.
Absolute shambolic organisation last night, and no doubt the point scoring on here will carry on, fans tear gassed , young and old sobbing , fans there in plenty of time .. my son/family caught in middle, witnessed it all .. genuinely terrified seeing it unfold
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, meanwhile, expressed solidarity with Liverpools supporters after the game.
The Belgium international extinguished Merseyside hopes in Paris, but took time to address the events which transpired before and after the game.
I feel sorry for [Liverpool] fans and the way they were treated, Courtois wrote on Twitter. I hope everyone got home safe!
UEFA has issued a statement promising to review the organisation of the final alongside the French police.
In the lead-up to the game, the turnstiles at the Liverpool end became blocked by thousands of fans who had purchased fake tickets which did not work in the turnstiles, theofficial statementfrom European footballs main governing body reads.
This created a build-up of fans trying to get in. As a result, the kick off was delayed by 35 minutes to allow as many fans as possible with genuine tickets to gain access.
As numbers outside the stadium continued to build up after kick off, the police dispersed them with tear gas and forced them away from the stadium.
UEFA is sympathetic to those affected by these events and will further review these matters urgently together with the French police and authorities, and with the French Football Federation.
Meanwhile, Merseyside Police have said that the vast majority of supporters behaved in an exemplary manner and confirmed that they would support any subsequent investigation.
In a statement, Assistant Chief Constable Chris Green said: We are aware of a number of reports relating to incidents both before and after last nights Champions League Final at the Stade de France in Paris.
We are also aware that Liverpool FC have requested a formal investigation from UEFA and we will be linking in with both the club, UEFA and the UK Football Policing Unit to pass on the observations of our officers who attended the game and took part in the pre-match meetings with the relevant authorities.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE We have issued the following statement following last nights Champions League /1941jltZQ9
The statement continued: As with all European matches officers from Merseyside were deployed in France to work in an observatory and advisory capacity with the local officers, and they have reported the vast majority of fans behaved in an exemplary manner, arriving at turnstiles early and queuing as directed and their observations will be passed on to the relevant authorities as part of the debrief for the game.
Many thousands of fans have travelled throughout this season to matches across Europe and we have worked closely with our supporter groups, the Club and European hosts to ensure that the matches passed without incident and fans were kept safe. Our officers returning today will conduct a formal debrief to ensure that we can fully support any subsequent investigation following last nights game.
We know that people would have witnessed a lot of distressing scenes last night and we wish everyone returning home from Paris a safe journey.
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