Football: after the Champions League fiasco, explanation expected

Riot police for Liverpool supporters after the Champions League final at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, 28 May 2022. (©AFP/Thomas COEX)

After the chaos on Saturday and then the controversy on Sunday, the first statements. The Ministry of Sport will inform the organizers of . next Monday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m the Champions League finalthe police and local authorities to “learning lessons” from a fiasco what happens at a year of the Rugby World Cup 2023 and to two years of the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

First crisis for the new Minister of Sports

Two days later, chaotic scenes around the Stade de France, jostling, attempted break-in by individuals without tickets or fans in shock at the intervention of the police or victims of theft, the new Sports Minister, Amelie Oudea-Casteramust manage his first crisis.

With the Interior Minister, we deplore the incidents that marred the Champions League evening at the Stade de France on Saturday night and regret that some supporters with tickets were unable to attend the match.

Amelie Oudea-CasteraMinister of Sports

In addition to the Minister of Sports, the organizers of the final – won by Real Madrid (1-0) against Liverpool -, UEFA and the French Football Federation will be present, as well as representatives of the Stade de France, of the police station of Paris , the Seine prefecture -Saint-Denis and the town hall of Saint-Denis.

A screen informs supporters of the delay in the Liverpool-Real Madrid Champions League final, at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, on May 28, 2022.
A screen informs supporters of the delay in the Liverpool-Real Madrid Champions League final, at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, on May 28, 2022. (©AFP/FRANCK FIFE)

many questions

“The priority now is to identify very precise the faults (…) to learn all the lessons to prevent such incidents from happening again for our future major international sporting events,” the Ministry of Sports and the Olympics insisted.

Even if there were no serious injuries, the questions are many.

How the long-awaited celebration of European football was ruined and could have turned into a tragedy when almost 7,000 police, gendarmes and firefighters were mobilizednot counting the private vigils?

Why was the pre-screening system 200 meters from the stadium quickly overrun by the influx of Liverpool supporters and causing bottlenecks? How did gangs of young people get in a position to invade the compound?

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The questions also come from England, where the supporters, back from Paris, the Liverpool club, the local authorities, such as the mayor of the city” disgusted by disastrous management and brutal treatment “, and nationally, do not take off.

Police officers face football fans ahead of the Champions League final at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on May 28, 2022.
Police officers face football fans ahead of the Champions League final at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on May 28, 2022. (©AFP/Thomas COEX)

Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry

What is going particularly badly – while Liverpool police, present around the Stade de France, have ruled that the “vast majority” of English supporters “behaved in an exemplary manner” – is the trigger on Saturday evening by the Home Secretary, Gérald Darmanin, of “thousands of British supporters without tickets or with fake tickets forced entry”.

In a report submitted to the Interior Minister on Sunday, Paris Police Prefect Didier Lallement estimated the number of spectators who turned up “probably between 30,000 and 40,000 people beyond the 80,000 eligible in the stadium.”

He also decided to take legal action for a “ massive false fraud

Whatever the outcome of the meeting at the Ministry of Sports, the Stade de France fiasco should have consequences.

Senator Les Républicains Michel Savin, chairman of the practical sports study group and major sports events, has already announced that he will ask for the opening of a parliamentary inquiry committee. “400 million viewers witnessed what I consider a humiliation for our country as it prepares to host the Rugby World Cup and then the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” he lamented.

Source: © 2022 AFP

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