Didier Lallement apologises for authorising using tear fuel as Liverpool followers struggled to enter the stadium.
The top of Paris police has acknowledged the “failure” of safety operations for the Champions League remaining final month and apologised for tear-gassing followers as they tried to enter the stadium.
The soccer showpiece hosted by Paris on Could 28 was marred by scenes of mayhem as Liverpool followers struggled to enter the stadium for the match in opposition to Actual Madrid, elevating questions over the capability of the French capital to host the 2024 Olympics.
“It’s clearly a failure,” Didier Lallement informed a fee investigating the fiasco on the French Senate on Thursday. “It was a failure as a result of folks had been pushed round and attacked. It’s a failure as a result of the picture of the nation was undermined.”
He mentioned he was “sorry” for authorising using tear fuel to maneuver supporters away from the stadium earlier than the match, however added that there was “no different means” of relieving the rising stress on the gates.
“We wanted to get folks to maneuver again,” Lallement mentioned. “We requested folks to maneuver again, then we used tear fuel … it’s the one option to our data of transferring a crowd again, apart from a baton cost.”
He inspired supporters from Liverpool and Actual Madrid to file complaints in the event that they had been victims of counterfeited tickets or road crime outdoors the stadium “in order that we will discover the responsible events and prosecute them”.
Lallement was additionally pressed on controversial figures given by inside minister Gerald Darmanin who blamed the presence of 30,000-40,000 supporters with out tickets or with faux tickets for the dysfunction on the stadium and delays to the sport.
The police chief mentioned he was chargeable for the determine and he primarily based it on numbers given by Paris transport operators and “suggestions” from officers on the bottom.
“Maybe I made a mistake with the determine I gave to the minister,” he mentioned. “I by no means claimed that it was completely correct.”
He acknowledged that there have been not 30,000-40,000 “on the gates of the stadium”, however maintained that many 1000’s had been within the neighborhood.
These claims have infuriated Liverpool supporters, in addition to senior British politicians, who’ve accused France of unfairly making an attempt to deflect the blame away from the police.
Mayor of the Liverpool metropolis area Steve Rotheram is because of testify to the Senate fee afterward Thursday.