Liverpool slam leak of review into chaos at Champions League final

Liverpool slam leak of independent probe into chaos at the Champions League final in Paris… with UEFA ‘bearing primary responsibility and the report stating it was “remarkable” that no fans lost their lives’

  • UEFA commissioned a team to look into events at the Stade de France last May
  • Fans, including pregnant women, were targeted with teargas by French police 
  • Findings set to be published on Tuesday but report was leaked to media outlets

Liverpool are ‘hugely disappointed’ an independent review into the chaotic scenes at May’s Champions League final has been leaked.

UEFA commissioned a team led by Portuguese Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues to look into events at the Stade de France, where dangerous congestion problems saw kick-off delayed, fans locked out and heavy-handed Paris police tear-gas supporters.

European football’s governing body initially aimed to publish its report by the end of November but that did not happen and no date was confirmed as to when it might be released.

It is understood to be set for publication on Tuesday but a number of reports on Monday evening revealed UEFA’s failings and how close tragedy came ahead of the May 28 European showpiece.

‘It’s hugely disappointing that a report of such significance, such importance to football supporters’ lives and future safety, should be leaked and published in this way,’ a Liverpool statement read.

Liverpool fans try to cover their faces with their shirts and masks outside the Stade de France

Liverpool fans were held in ‘long and slow moving’ hour-long queues outside the stadium

‘It’s been over eight months of work by the independent panel and it is only right and proper to publish the contents of the report to our supporters appropriately.

‘We will await to receive a copy of the report and digest it thoroughly before making any further comment.’

According to the Guardian, the review is set to clear Liverpool fans of any wrongdoing, instead placing the blame squarely on UEFA and the French authorities.

It is also set to criticise European football’s governing body and the French police for attempting to shift blame onto the Liverpool fans, after it was suggested by officials that ticketless fans caused the chaos on May 28 last year. 

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