Liverpool fans have been exonerated for the chaos at the 2022 Champions League final by a report from the French Senate, which found the fans were “wrongly blamed” by the French home secretary to “distract attention from the state’s ineptitude.” ‘, sure to stage the event.
Preliminary reporting of the results of the event, which began more than half an hour late, instead blamed “major flaws” in: “intelligence” regarding “several hundred violent and coordinated criminals”; transport routes for fans; insufficient communication; and questions that go further back in relation to basic planning.
Laurent Lefon, co-chair of the investigation, later blamed a “series of dysfunctions” at “all levels” in a press conference.
Similarly criticized was the ticket validation site, which Liverpool supporters have criticized for creating the initial bottleneck that led to the problems.
The Senate had heard from fans attending the final in Paris, from French police, government officials and Uefa events director Martin Kallen.
France’s Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin originally blamed ticketless Liverpool fans for the delays and problems, with claims that up to 40,000 fake final tickets were in circulation.
Amid the chaos, police used tear gas and pepper spray against fans, even affecting children and elderly fans. A series of disturbing images and reports backed this up.
This defense has now been demolished by the French Senate. A preliminary report released yesterday said: “It is unfair to want to blame Liverpool supporters for the unrest that has occurred, as the Home Secretary did to divert attention from the state’s inability to adequately manage the crowds in attendance and to stem the action of several hundred violent and coordinated criminals.”
It goes on to say: “The systems put in place had major shortcomings in terms of intelligence (no hooligans, but the presence of large numbers of delinquents), transport routes for supporters and poor communication.
“There were problems not only with the execution. The crisis scenarios were insufficiently processed in advance and did not show the necessary flexibility in view of so many unexpected events.”
The management of the ticketing system by Uefa was also described as “unsuitable”, and due to a lack of training on the part of the law enforcement officers, this ultimately led to them being overwhelmed.
The Senate said French authorities must learn from the “grave collective failure” ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup and the 2024 Olympics. (© Independent News Service)
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