Jürgen Klopp: My family kept the chaos in Paris a secret

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed how his family was caught up in the pre-match chaos at the Champions League final in May but initially chose to keep him in the dark about their harrowing experience.

Although Klopp knew before his side’s 1-0 defeat by Real Madrid there were problems for fans entering Paris’ Stade de France, it wasn’t until the following day that he realized how it had affected his family.

Speaking for the first time about the treatment of fans by French police, Klopp called on UEFA to ensure the scenes were never repeated and said he thought the final’s result was “a small issue” in comparison to the trauma experienced by viewers.

“I didn’t really hear about it until the next morning. My family didn’t tell me that night,” said Klopp.

“There are different things to discuss. About some of them I think there is no point in talking about them because there is an ongoing investigation.

“There’s the other part of what I knew – even if I didn’t know much right after the game. I heard about the situation outside firsthand from my family because they were right in the middle of it. They texted me before the game, “We’re in, good luck” and stuff like that, but they were pretty much exactly an hour and a half away from being at the stadium.

“What happened to them happened to pretty much everyone. Two or three people I spoke to got lucky, they got in and waited.”

Klopp said all the witness reports he received said responsibility lay with the poor organisation.

“There wasn’t a single Liverpool supporter in the wrong place. There were a lot of seats that were definitely occupied by people without tickets, but they weren’t Liverpool supporters,” said Klopp.

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022]

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