UEFA Champions League delayed 30 minutes as organizers blame Liverpool fans in ominous echo of past tragedies: ‘Completely chaotic’

UEFA Champions League delayed 30 minutes as organizers blame Liverpool fans in ominous echo of past tragedies: 'Absolute carnage'

May 28, 2022 by Fortune

Key Facts

  • Kickoff for the Champions League final in Paris between Real Madrid and Liverpool was delayed by 30 minutes Saturday as Liverpool fans had trouble getting in—with reports of faulty admission gates and police unleashing pepper spray on them.
  • Social media on Saturday afternoon was abuzz with reports of law enforcement with riot shields and pepper spray, and fans potentially crushing each other in an attempt to get into the stadium.
  • Another football journalist, Mark Pougatch, tweeted an account from a Liverpool fan that four out of the five entrance gates were suddenly shut, forcing fans to enter through just one.
  • Liverpool Mayor Steve Rotheram tweeted Saturday that the scene outside the Stade De France was "completely chaotic, with a total breakdown of control and communication outside the ground.

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