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Liverpool star Andy Robertson has blasted the “terrible” organization of the Champions League final after the game was delayed by over half an hour as Reds fans struggled to get into the stadium. The Merseysiders ended up losing 1-0 in their clash with Real Madrid at the Stade de France in Paris.

French police used tear gas, pepper spray, batons and shields to disperse fans as chaotic scenes unfolded at the stadium before kick-off. And despite the showdown starting at 8.36pm BST rather than 8pm as originally planned, some Liverpool fans still hadn’t made it to the stadium by half-time.

UEFA later blamed the delay on fans who used ‘fake’ tickets to gain entry. But Robertson had none of it as he opened up about the events surrounding the final and revealed his friend was told his ticket was not legitimate.

“One of my buddies was told it was fake, which I assure you it wasn’t,” the defense attorney said. “It really was a shambles. To be honest, sometimes people just made it up and panicked. It was unacceptable for tear gas to be thrown at people.

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“It was horrific for our fans and all the families who went through it too. It wasn’t a nice experience, it wasn’t a nice finale. The Champions League was supposed to be a celebration, but it wasn’t. Obviously the final wasn’t supposed to take place here and whether the preparations weren’t as good as they perhaps should have been – but I’m sure an investigation will be carried out in the coming days.”

Liverpool endured a miserable night across the Channel as they met inspired Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The former Chelsea shot-stopper failed six times at Mohamed Salah and deflected Sadio Mane’s early attempt against the post.

And Madrid striker Vinicius Junior proved the match-winner when he slipped in unmarked at the back post just before the hour mark and converted a Federico Valverde cross.

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After the game, Liverpool released a statement to condemn the troubles facing their fans as they called for an investigation into what happened. “We are extremely disappointed with the stadium access issues and security perimeter collapse faced by Liverpool fans at the Stade de France tonight,” the statement read.

“This is the biggest game in European football and the fans shouldn’t have to live through the scenes we witnessed tonight. We have officially requested a formal investigation into the causes of these unacceptable issues.”

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