At the Stade de France
This Saturday night in Saint-Denis, Real Madrid won its 14th Champions League at the expense of Liverpool (1: 0) to settle even higher on Olympus European football. But in the absence of a close struggle, the whole world – with the exception of Merengue supporters – will remember on May 28, 2022, especially the memory of the terrible mess before the finals held in our dear country. The kick-off scheduled for 9 p.m.
The facts are somewhat different from this modest communication. Intruders who climb at the gates of the paddock and sprint in the style of Kylian Mbappé among the completely lost stewards … Before the summer, the “destination of France” would have dreamed of better promotion in order to bring back some foreign tourists (and especially Asians) who had disappeared after the Covid-19 crisis.
Interior Minister Gérard Darmanin issued a crisis message on the security PC of the Dionysian enclosure, where he was with Amélie Oudéa-Castéry, the new Minister of Sports. “Thousands of British ‘supporters’, without tickets or with counterfeit tickets, have forcibly entered and sometimes attacked stewards,” he wrote on Twitter. I thank the many police forces that were mobilized in this difficult situation tonight. »
Departure from Stade de France went “without problems”
Later, at half past one, the police headquarters did not mention the nationality of the fans involved, stressing “no problems” after the meeting, “spectator scattering” and “no major incidents were reported in the two fan zones.” [à Saint-Denis pour les Espagnols, cours de Vincennes à Paris pour les Anglais] At 11:45 p.m., the Ministry of the Interior announced a preliminary assessment of “53 arrests and 24 police custody” in Paris and Saint-Denis, as well as “115 slightly injured supporters, four of whom were evacuated by firefighters.”
A UEFA tweet mingled between the minister’s tweet and the police directorate’s tweet. The European authority confirms the traces of counterfeit notes and goes into detail. “As the match kicks out, turnstiles [régulant l’entrée au stade] On the side of the stands reserved for Liverpool, thousands of spectators were blocked, who bought fake tickets that did not work, “says UEFA. “There were a lot of unsettled spectators trying to get to the stadium, and as a result, the kick-off had to be delayed by 35 minutes so that as many spectators as possible could enter the stadium with valid tickets. »
Then the hellish spiral began. “As the number of people outside the stadium continued to grow after the excavation, the police had to use tear gas to disperse them,” said the highest European football authority, which promises an urgent audit in cooperation with the French authorities. and FFF.
Several testimonies confirm UEFA’s thesis and justify English fans, some of whom missed much of the first period. AFP interrogated one of the impostors who was not born on the shores of Mersey. “Places cost 2,000 euros, up to 3,000. If it was 600 euros, I would take one,” said the 30-year-old, who presents himself as a driver and managed to go upstairs before the police officer pushed him away.
Liverpool is calling for an investigation
The Liverpool club “officially” called for an investigation. “We are extremely disappointed with the access and perimeter disturbance problems that Liverpool supporters are suffering from,” Reds said, referring to “unacceptable problems”. Manager Jürgen Klopp, for his part, regretted that “families [aient] he had to fight to get to the stadium. “” Why? I don’t know yet, he wants an examination. »
About 60,000 Englishmen flocked to the French capital this weekend by all possible means, from planes to trains to speedboats. But the Reds, like the Merengues, had only 20,000 seats. Hundreds of small posters accompanied by telephone numbers, like so many bottles in the sea, have blossomed on the walls and urban furniture of the capital Saint-Denis in recent days in search of tickets to this prestigious poster. So prestigious that demand far exceeded the supply of 80,000 seats at the Stade de France.
The logistical bet on the French authorities was therefore lost. And Alexander Ceferin, president of UEFA, no doubt said after thinking that France’s choice to host the C1 final, despite many other candidacies (Wembley, a Gulf country, especially Budapest), may not have been the best. advised once formalized the withdrawal of the organization in St. Petersburg due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Our country is to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 and then the Olympic Games in 2024. We will probably have to wait a while for the new Champions League final.