French Senate blames Paris authorities for Cup final horrors, not Liverpool fans – SKWAWKBOX
The French government minister also wrongly claimed that fans were responsible for police brutality and endangerment
A French Senate inquiry into the horrific scenes at the Champions League final in May has firmly blamed the violence and abuse on French authorities and not Liverpool fans, as the French government initially tried to claim it.
The French government initially blamed fans and counterfeit tickets for the crowd chaos that led to supporters being gassed and robbed in Paris.
The report into the investigations of two Senate committees concludes that fans were unfairly blamed and indicates that “dysfunctional” errors were made throughout the planning and execution of match arrangements, going as far as to qualify the report of ‘fiasco’ and dismissing the authorities’ claims the trouble was caused by Liverpool fans showing up with fake tickets.
Fans were sprayed with tear gas and pepper spray outside the ground, some were refused entry to the game despite having valid tickets after the turnstiles failed to function properly. The report also blames an attempt by the police to “pre-screen” fans as they arrive at the station, a system totally unworkable for the number of fans arriving, causing bottlenecks and jostling. Unfortunately, authorities deleted CCTV footage of the violence a week after the match.
The chairman of one of the inquiries condemned the lack of coordination and communication between the various bodies involved in the planning, as well as the attempts to scapegoat supporters for the dismal failures of the organizers and the police.
In his testimony to the investigations, the French Minister Gérald Darmanin nevertheless tried to make the supporters feel guilty even if he was forced to admit numerous organizational failures. The government originally claimed 30-40,000 Liverpool fans arrived without genuine tickets – a smear now confirmed to be a complete fabrication.
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