France on Monday blamed widespread ticket fraud for scenes of chaos in the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, which raised questions about Paris’ ability to host the 2024 Olympics. The French government has been criticized by the British press and politicians for handling Saturday’s match with the police, with thousands of Liverpool fans struggling to get tickets. A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters in London that many Liverpool fans were in “good times” in the French capital.
The spokesman added: “We are very disappointed with the way they were treated. “Fans deserve to know what happened.”
But after a crisis meeting at the Sports Ministry, French Interior Minister Gerald Durman insisted that the ticket scam and the behavior of Liverpool fans were to blame.
“What has been confirmed is the massive, industrial scale and systematic fraud in counterfeit tickets … that was the main reason for the delay in the match,” Darmanin said, adding that Liverpool fans I was less organized. Spanish counterpart.
Sports Minister Emily Odia Castira said French authorities had “deeply regretted” the tickets for about 2,700 spectators who were unable to enter the Stade de France due to crowd control problems and were advised to receive compensation. Gave
These scenes have tarnished the image of the French capital, raising questions about its ability to host major sporting events as it prepares for the 2024 Olympics as well as the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Leading French daily Le Monde on Monday echoed British complaints, saying French authorities were “in denial” of their shortcomings, which turned the event into “Fasco”.
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Monday’s meeting at the Ministry of Sports was attended by European football’s governing body UEFA, French football chiefs and French police. Both Mediterranean and Paris police chief Didier Laliment were accompanied by Sports Minister Odia Castira.
Laliment has called for a formal investigation into the production of counterfeit tickets, which he said helped create problems.
Defending the final policing, Darmanin said officers “prevented the death” which may have been caused by a mob crushing outside a stadium north of Paris.
He acknowledged that some officers had been seen using tear gas “inappropriately” when images posted on social media showed that even children were being targeted.
But he said criticizing the police was “too small and disproportionate”, adding that “decisions that were made prevented deaths.”
The chaos inevitably brought back painful memories for Liverpool, a club troubled by the 1989 Hillsborough disaster that killed 97 people when the stadium collapsed.
Liverpool area Labor MP Ian Byrne, who was present at the match, told Sky News that the spectators had been treated “like animals”.
“It was horrible – there are no other words to describe it. It was horrible and as a person who was in Hillsborough in 1989, it brought back a lot of horrible memories,” he said. ۔
The mayor of Liverpool, Juan Anderson, who was present at the scene, told the BBC that it was “absolutely shameful but the attitude of the police was really cruel”.
Liverpool Football Club has requested a formal investigation.
The match was delayed by 36 minutes, which was almost unprecedented for an occasion of such intensity and a great embarrassment to UEFA and French officials.
Oudea-Castera told RTL Radio that Liverpool, unlike Real Madrid, had failed to properly organize supporters arriving in Paris.
“Liverpool have let loose their supporters, that’s a big difference,” he said.
The minister added that 30,000 to 40,000 Liverpool fans outside the Stade de France were with or without fake tickets.
The two ministers said part of the problem was Liverpool’s request for paper tickets for its fans instead of electronic tickets.
But Odia Castira insisted that France was capable of hosting major sporting events.
“I’m not worried, I’m very determined that we can learn from what happened Saturday evening so that everything can be improved,” he said.
Paris was awarded the final three months ago after being knocked out of the St. Petersburg event due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The French Interior Ministry said 105 people had been detained, 39 of whom had been detained and remanded in custody, meaning they could face charges.
In another example of the football scandal in France, angry Saint-Etienne fans attacked the pitch as they were knocked out of their play-off against Lexus 1 Axiri on Sunday, with French police using tear gas.
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