Liverpool President Tom Werner sent a letter to Amelia Oude-Caster, the French sports minister, asking her to apologize after the chaos at the Stade de France ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.
Liverpool cannot spend control of access to the Stade de France on Saturday’s Champions League final. The club receives even less communication from the French government and police headquarters, which the Reds have been blaming for three days. So club president Tom Werner sent a letter to Amelia Oudea-Caster, the French sports minister, to apologize.
The leader very badly took Monday’s speech by the new RTL minister, in which she almost exclusively points to the responsibility for the chaos in her club, which, according to her, left “her supporters in the wilderness”. Comments made later in the day during a press release with Gérald Darmanin, Minister of the Interior, following a meeting with many stakeholders (UEFA, FFF, etc.) to find out the reasons for this chaos.
Darmanin again accused English fans of provoking a “massive, counterfeit industrial ticket fraud” by keeping the number “from 30,000 to 40,000 fans” without tickets or with fake tickets near the stadium. The count is widely questioned by many observers. He even attacked the Reds’ liabilities and accused coach Jürgen Klopp of inviting fans, even those without tickets, to go to France. Confused communication, according to the head of Liverpool, here is the content of the letter sent by Oudéa-Castér.
“Your comments were irresponsible, unprofessional and utterly disrespectful”
I am writing to you today because I do not believe at all that the French Government, in a position of enormous responsibility and influence, could make a number of unproven statements on the matter so important even before a proper, formal and independent investigation process. took place.
The events that took place at and around the Stade de France during the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday night were not only incredibly dangerous for all involved, but also raised serious questions about the organization and operation of the event. This should be the focus of all stakeholders today, rather than following the blame strategy through a press conference.
I’ve received countless emails from frightened Liverpool fans who have been exposed to police harassment, pepper spray and tear gas. Moreover, at the end of the evening, the situation was no better than at the beginning, many fans were robbed and attacked by gangs.
It was clear that the fans were forced to go through a narrow throat and spent more than 2 hours in queues. One person said they were “trapped at the door, no one moved and no one on the other side of the door communicated at all.” These fans were treated like cattle.
How can lost data and unverified claims presented this morning come close to reality without a truly independent and transparent investigation with the right stakeholders, including our supporters, our club and others. Even worse, these claims undermine the search for truth and transparency, which should motivate any organization or individual who wants to ensure that such unacceptable scenes never happen again.
The fact that your public stance runs counter to this goal is a problem in itself. More importantly, you have done so without contacting us or our supporters. In this process, he must count all the votes and he must count equally and fairly.
As a club, we were convinced that any investigation must be impartial, independent and transparent. This point of view has only intensified as a direct result of your public comments and the impact they have had on the narrative, which is at odds with the experiences of many. Your comments have been irresponsible, unprofessional and utterly disrespectful to thousands of physically and emotionally injured fans.
The UEFA Champions League final is expected to be one of the best spectacles in world sports and has instead turned into one of the worst security breakdowns in recent memory. On behalf of all the fans who have experienced this nightmare, I am asking you to apologize and reassure you that the French authorities and UEFA are allowing an independent and transparent investigation to continue. “