Champions League: Sport minister fingers Liverpool and UEFA over Stade de France chaos

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Ministry of Sport, deplored Liverpool’s lack of oversight of English fans who she says took part in defections ahead of the Champions League final.

Two days after the organizational fiasco in the Champions League final, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Ministry of Sport, remains stubborn. According to her, it was the influx of Liverpool fans without tickets that caused chaos ahead of the kick-off of the Liverpool-Real Madrid game at the Stade de France. The topic will be brought up this Monday morning at a meeting starting at 11 a.m. to determine the reasons for this organizational failure in his presence, but also by Interior Minister Gérald Darmamin, as well as representatives of the FFF and UEFA. The former tennis player had previously made part of her statements on RTL this Monday morning.

“We have to measure everything that has happened, she explains. What you have to consider is that there is this influx of British fans from Liverpool without a ticket or with fake tickets. The Prefect appreciated that mass.” between 30,000 and 40,000 people, more than 45% overcrowding There was exceptional pressure on the security forces, who had the greatest difficulty in controlling the flows Then there was the decision to lift the first filter zone, particularly because of the proximity to the motorway, which was a risk presented to the people. The police prefect made the decision to move people to the forecourt, closer to the second area where turnstiles were located. Since the tickets were counterfeit, the turnstiles were blocked and congestion in the forecourt created security issues and congestion that created an extremely frustrating level of anticipation for people.”

The minister regrets UEFA’s decision to authorize the sale of paper tickets

The minister is less concerned with the many videos showing young people trying to assert themselves. For them, everything revolves around the problem of counterfeit bills. “With this crowd in the forecourt, there are attempts to break down the doors of the Stade de France, which actually young people from the neighborhood have tried to burst in,” she admits. The decisions were made to avoid a crash is coming and – this was one of the chief concerns of the Police Prefect – that there will be a disaster of invasion of the stadium and disrupting the game.”

She estimates the number of counterfeit banknotes at “30,000 to 40,000”. “Everything is being cleared up, she clarifies. There were fake tickets and fans without tickets. We will look at the proportion of one and the other. The size of the box office is one of the most important things to understand in this affair.” To know where these fake tickets came from, how they could be produced in such large numbers, it is essential for UEFA – which is the organizer – to understand what happened.”

‘Liverpool have left their supporters in the wild’

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra recalls UEFA’s decision to accept the issuance of paper tickets, as requested by Liverpool. “They accepted that there was no exclusive recourse to the mobile application that had to be used,” which generates “tamper-proof, non-transferable tickets.” “Liverpool have requested that this mobile application not be used, UEFA have accepted and created a cycle of paper tickets that has led to overflows.”

Aside from managing tickets, the minister deplores Liverpool’s lack of monitoring of fans compared to those of Real Madrid. “No problem, she notes. The fact that Real have so overseen their fans’ coming to Paris, providing buses from the airport to organize everything from one point to another – is in radical contrast to the Liverpool club, who left his fans behind.” wild – made a big difference.”

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