This Saturday evening, Gérald Darmanin pointed his finger at the Stade de France’s “thousands of British supporters without tickets or with fake tickets who forced their entry”, making them responsible for the chaos that ensued the evening of the finals. from the Champions League.
Scenes of chaos around the Stade de France. According to Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, the situation can be attributed to the attitude of “thousands of British supporters without tickets or with fake tickets who forced them inside”.
In a tweet accompanied by a photo of him and Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéry at the Stade de France security headquarters, the interior minister argues that “thousands of British supporters, without tickets or with counterfeit tickets, were forced to enter and sometimes attacked stewards.”
WITH @ AOC1978at the Stade de France security headquarters. Thousands of British “fans” without tickets or with fake tickets forced entry and sometimes attacked stewards. I thank the many police forces that were mobilized in this difficult situation tonight. pic.twitter.com/gEXCqPhWmZ
– Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) May 28, 2022
“Thank you to the large number of police forces that have mobilized in this difficult situation tonight,” added Gérald Darmanin, debating the conditions under which France had won this final, which Real Madrid had won two years before the match. Games in Paris.
53 arrests and 24 police custody
The meeting between Liverpool and Real Madrid began with a delay of more than half an hour, as young spectators without tickets climbed through the gates of the stadium fencing to try to enter. There were brief skirmishes against the police, who repulsed the intruders, sometimes using tear gas. Some spectators who had tickets did not get to the stadium until the end of the first half.
A source close to the government told AFP that the problem came from “British supporters, unfortunately used to these spillovers.” “Only a few young people from the neighborhood took part in the riots, but that is marginal,” the same source added.
The source also “condemned the use of counterfeit tickets by British supporters, which disrupted access to the stadium.” “The equipment was very well dimensioned, we continued and the police response was swift on the spot.” It was stated that “despite the situation, no injuries occurred”.
At 11:45 p.m., according to the first preliminary report from the Ministry of the Interior in Paris and Saint-Denis, there were “53 arrested and 24 police custody.”