Riot police fired tear fuel and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters pressured to endure lengthy waits to get into the Champions League remaining in opposition to Actual Madrid as chaos erupted exterior the Stade de France in Paris.
UEFA and French authorities blamed overcrowding at turnstiles on folks attempting to entry the stadium with pretend tickets on Saturday.
The match was delayed for 37 minutes and kicked off as safety officers nonetheless struggled with the move of indignant supporters into the Stade de France. Liverpool finally misplaced 1-0 to Actual Madrid.
UEFA mentioned there have been hundreds of ticketless followers attempting to realize entry to the 80,000-plus capability French nationwide stadium, however it didn’t establish the place they had been from.
Offended Liverpool followers held within the strains had been seen hanging onto railings and heard shouting: “Allow us to in. We’ve received tickets.”
Liverpool mentioned it was “massively disillusioned” with the safety points skilled by its followers.
French Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin mentioned stadium stewards had been assaulted by followers who pressured their means in with out tickets or with counterfeit tickets.
French Sports activities Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra tweeted: “Violence has no place within the stadiums.”
There was anger on the Liverpool squad after dropping the ultimate.
“Just about all of our households had been affected,” Liverpool defender Andy Robertson mentioned. “Clearly my tickets had been by way of the membership and one way or the other any person advised certainly one of my mates that he’s received a pretend ticket, which I can guarantee you positively wasn’t as a result of it was clearly by way of me.
“So then clearly the French police determined to throw tear fuel on followers and households. It’s not been well-organised.”
Liverpool supporter Colm Lacey mentioned he noticed “youngsters crying, folks trapped” exterior the entrances.
“Individuals began leaping the queue, then they ripped the gate open after which there was a push,” Lacey mentioned.