UEFA and the French Football Federation estimate that 2,800 ‘fake tickets’ were scanned in the Champions League final, a source said on Tuesday. Sources said the two bodies made the estimate at a crisis meeting at the French Ministry of Sports on Monday. The meeting was called to review what was behind the scenes of chaos that affected Saturday’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Stade de France in Paris, with the Spanish team 1-0. Was the winner.
The French government, which has been criticized for match policing that saw thousands of Liverpool fans struggle to enter the Stade de France with tickets, blamed “massive” ticket fraud for the obstruction. Has been blamed.
According to a document seen by AFP on Tuesday, French security services had warned 50,000 spectators two days before the final of the danger of tickets without tickets or fake spectators.
On May 25, a note from the National Division of the Fight against Bullying (DNLH) – written with input from the intelligence services and viewed by AFP – stated that “about 50,000 British spectators in the French capital “Those who do not have tickets will be warned.”
“Some of them will have fake tickets and will try to use them to gain access to the stadium,” said a note from DNLH, a police branch, although he did not know how many there were.
“Others will try to enter the field by deception, for example using stewards, UEFA, cleaning or medical staff uniforms,” the note added, which was widely distributed to police. ۔
After a crisis meeting at the Ministry of Sports on Monday, French Interior Minister Gerald Durmanin said the root of the problem was “large-scale, industrial-scale and organized ticket fraud.”
Darmanin added that there were 30,000 to 40,000 Liverpool fans outside the Stade de France with or without fake tickets.
Earlier on Monday, Sports Minister Emily Odia Castira accused Liverpool of leaving her supporters “loose”, calling the Liverpool football club chairman “irresponsible, unprofessional, and utterly disrespectful”. An angry letter was written asking for an apology for the comments.
About 22,000 tickets were officially allocated for Real Madrid and Liverpool fans. A criminal investigation into counterfeit tickets has begun in France.
The note also warns that “hundreds of English spectators will try to force their way into the stadium through turn-styles and different access gates” and calls for “maximum vigilance” at various checkpoints.
“If this incident does not pose a significant threat to violent supporters, there is a risk of disruption to public order, especially due to the large influx of supporters from across Europe,” the note said. ۔
Saturday’s scenes 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.
UEFA, the governing body of European football, announced on Monday that it was releasing an “independent report” on the issues at hand in the final, which would “review decision-making, accountability and the conduct of all institutions involved.” Will take
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