Champions League final: French Football Association demands 35,000 fans without a ticket in Paris

The French Football Federation (FFF) has chimed in over the shameful handling of the Champions League final, claiming that 35,000 people came to the Stade de France without tickets or with “fake” tickets.

Fans of both Liverpool and Real Madrid were kept in tight queues for hours before the game, delaying the kick-off and causing thousands to gasp in tears outside the Stade de France.

The shameful scenes have seen corpses trying to distance themselves, and on Tuesday France’s sport minister sensationally claimed that up to 70 per cent of tickets sold were fake and that between 30,000 and 40,000 England fans were carrying fakes.

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner wrote to Amelie Oudea-Castera, France’s sport minister, demanding an apology for her claim that 30,000 to 40,000 people were “without tickets or with fake tickets” at the Stade de France.

And Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan gave an impassioned interview about what had become the “worst experience in many people’s lives”.

Hogan added on the club’s website: “We are also looking at legal options available to us on behalf of affected fans.”

Twenty-four hours later, the French Football Federation (FFF) chimed in with its own claims, insisting that 35,000 people went to the Stade de France without tickets or with fake tickets for the Champions League final.

Numerous fans were trapped in front of the Stade de France despite valid tickets

There was a delay before the game kicked off to allow fans outside the stadium to enter

There was a delay before the game kicked off to allow fans outside the stadium to enter

The federation has claimed it deployed 1,650 security and ticketing staff “anticipating the possible presence of those without tickets or in possession of counterfeit tickets”.

The number of staff is said to have been “25 percent higher than at a sold-out home game in France” despite the widespread safety problems of the fans.

They explained how 75,000 tickets were offered for Saturday’s final, in which Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0.

Just under 20,000 were allocated to each side, and now the FFF has claimed that 110,000 people have made their way to the Stade de France in north Paris, a figure “based on information collected by various public and private operators.” “.

French police have been widely accused of being harsh on largely peaceful fans

French police have been widely accused of being harsh on largely peaceful fans

Liverpool wrote to French Sport Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera demanding an apology after claiming 30,000 to 40,000 English people were

Liverpool wrote to French Sport Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera demanding an apology after claiming 30,000 to 40,000 English people were “without tickets or with fake tickets”.

UEFA refunds fans

UEFA has pledged to compensate 2,700 ticket holders who were denied the opportunity to watch Saturday’s Champions League final in Paris.

The start of the game was delayed by 36 minutes due to chaos at the turnstiles and many Liverpool fans being prevented from entering the stadium.

Some of these supporters were also pepper sprayed and tear gassed by French riot police.

Many were eventually able to hit the ground after the game started, while others missed the game entirely.

“We asked UEFA, who agreed with us, to identify these people precisely and to obtain immediate compensation,” said French Sport Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera.

“79,200 people took public transport, 21,000 took the bus (supporters, partners and UEFA invitees), 6,000 taxis and private drivers and 4,100 their own private vehicles,” the FFF said in a statement on Tuesday.

The FFF concluded that there were “35,000 additional people in possession of counterfeit tickets or no tickets” in the vicinity of the stadium and “caused public disorder by blocking the gates to the stadium and some real ticket holders about to enter before kick-off.” the game is scheduled for 9:00 p.m.

French Home Secretary Darmanin on Monday wrongly wanted to blame Liverpool’s fan base, himself claiming that there were 30,000 to 40,000 fans of the Merseyside club with fake tickets or no tickets outside the Stade de France.

Those numbers had been hotly contested amid criticism from Liverpool and the UK government for overseeing the final.

The furious row continued on Monday when a French politician blamed Jurgen Klopp for the chaos after the Liverpool manager encouraged fans to travel to Paris regardless of whether they had a ticket.

Liverpool itself has since been inundated with more than 5,000 first-hand testimonials from fans about their experiences in Paris.

Anfield officials are going to great lengths to compile evidence to illustrate how brutal French police were at the Stade de France and the shocking organization surrounding the event that resulted in their fans being put at risk.

Liverpool reacted with anger at the French government's latest attempt to blame their supporters for the chaos that broke out at Saturday's Champions League final (pictured above).

Liverpool reacted with anger at the French government’s latest attempt to blame their supporters for the chaos that broke out at Saturday’s Champions League final (pictured above).

Fans, including young women and children, were tear gassed by French police (right)

Fans, including young women and children, were tear gassed by French police (right)

A shocking new detail is the demographics of those who were brutally treated, including those with disabilities.

Although UEFA announced on Monday that it had commissioned an independent review led by Portuguese Dr. Tiago Brandao Rodrigues, Liverpool are conducting their own investigation and announced on Monday night they have set up a database for fans to contact.

So deep are the feelings on the subject – and how many people have been affected – Liverpool have been overwhelmed by the amount of replies they have received in the first 24 hours; Hogan, the club’s chief executive, has analyzed many and is appalled by what he has read.

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