The French Senate noted a “lack of preparation” in the Champions League final
The French Senate criticized this Thursday the “lack of preparation” of the device launched by the French authorities before the final between the liverpool and the real Madrid the Stade de France of Saint-Denis, according to the first conclusions of the commission of inquiry.
After collecting testimonies from several people involved in the organization of the final of the Champions Leaguedisputed on May 28, the senators criticized the management of the Government of Emmanuel Macron and the police.
The President of the Commission of CultureEducation and Communication Senate, Laurent Lafonpointed to “the lack of preparation” of the authorities before a large-scale event and “a lack of responsiveness during the event”.
Lafon also pointed out that the preliminary conclusions point to “critical management” after the fact, alluding to the attitude of the Minister of the Interior of France, Gerald Darmaninwho blamed England fans for the riots around the stadium.
The French politician had blamed the chaos on the 30,000 to 40,000 Liverpool supporters who, according to Darmanin’s version, showed up at the Stade de France with counterfeit banknotes, remarks that outraged the mayor of liverpool, Steve Rotheramwho also testified before the commission.
The first conclusions – the final report will be presented in the coming weeks – also point to poor management by the Prefecture of Police, both in terms of leaks at the entrance to the compound and the misuse of tear gas.
LafonLikewise, he deplored “the lack of dialogue between the French authorities and their Spanish and English counterparts”. The riots preceding the final on May 28 were seen around the world as several thousand supporters, including many of Liverpool, were unable to enter the stadium due to the huge queues formed, a situation which started the game 36 minutes late. Many fans also said they were robbed.