LIVERPOOL-REAL MADRID. After the violent incidents around the Stade de France, Gérald Darmanin pointed again at the massive ticket fraud.
17:00 – Liverpool Club has requested an investigation
Following the incidents, which mainly affected his supporters, the Reds called for an investigation into “the causes of these unacceptable problems.”
According to Europe 1, police officers of the National Anti-Hooligan Division (DNLH) have warned the authorities in a note about the risk of raids since Wednesday, May 25, four days before the meeting. Analysts predicted a presence in Paris of “50,000 to 75,000 English supporters”, including only 50 to 100 “at-risk supporters”. In this four-page note, which Europe 1 consulted, DNLH describes very precisely the flow of passengers from England to the Stade de France. And warn English fans without tickets present in the capital, “around 50,000. Some of them will have counterfeit tickets and try to use them to access the stadium.”
Some European media responded quickly to incidents on the sidelines of the Champions League final: “These incidents raise serious questions about the organization of a major UEFA event” for The Guardian (England). On the Spanish side, the daily Sport added a layer: “It’s a pity: the finals started with a half-hour delay due to the chaos at the entrance to the stadium.”
“The doctrine of maintaining the French order has made it possible to avoid deaths and injuries. The comparison with the Olympics and the Rugby World Cup seems quite disproportionate to me when I know that of course they only exist in football with certain English clubs that these events. I would like to remind you that France has recently organized a large number of rugby and football matches at a very high level, especially in the case of the French Cup finals, which took place between Liverpool and Tottenham in 2019. The finals at Wembley a few years ago had “There’s also a Liverpool coach who called on fans to come to France without tickets. We ended up with tens of thousands of British fans, some of whom respected the rules perfectly. And a small but extremely lively part that pushed the authorities.”
“We want to strengthen the management of these big events. We have seen that we need to improve flow management to ensure that we have the means to prevent ticket fraud,” the sports minister explained.
“We asked UEFA to compensate 2,700 people who could not attend the match,” the sports minister explained.
“The decisions taken prevented deaths. The prefilters were canceled to prevent people from being crushed on police cordons or gates,” Gerald Darmanin explained.
A total of 48 people were placed in a police cell, 15 of whom were subject to extension measures with decisions to be taken during the day. Note that there has been no police custody due to burglary or fake stadium tickets.
14:10 – “This issue of counterfeit notes smells like a very opportunistic pretext” for Pierre Barthélémy
Pierre Barthélémy, a lawyer for several French supporters and a member of France Supporters Europe, testified about the chaos in the Stade de France, which he attended as an observer. “This issue of counterfeit tickets smells of a very opportunistic pretext, because the first argument to explain the postponement of the match (36 minutes) is allegedly the late arrival of the fans, but several of them testified that they were there from 17:00. , explains. Then we refer to this story about counterfeit tickets, but it doesn’t stand. We suggested the number 40,000, why not a million? 40,000 people, that would be half the stadium. That would mean that you saw the counter flow from half of the stadium to the other side and no one noticed on the spot. ”
“I was having trouble getting to the stadium,” he said. I had to get out of the car on the highway and finish on foot. “I walked there, it was easier than I thought. People from the organization knew me and helped me.”
“We did not find any differences in factual interpretation. The decision was taken three months ago following the geopolitical situation in Moscow, where it takes 12 to 18 months to organize such an event. Three months. We regret the distortion in accepting British supporters, unlike Spanish supporters. was observed, there is a massive and organized fraud with counterfeit tickets, 70% of counterfeit tickets at pre-screening, 15% after the first filtering. “
The winner of the Champions League on Saturday, May 28 p Real Madrid, Thibaut Courtois sent a message to Liverpool fans on Sunday 29 May: “I feel sorry for the Liverpool fans and the way they were treated. I hope everyone returned home safely.”
Michel Salvin, Senator Les Républicains de l’Isère and chairman of the Senate study group “Sports Practices and Major Sporting Events”, called for a parliamentary commission of inquiry to identify “real rioters last night.” catastrophe in the Champions League final “and not” get angry at our English neighbors by unfairly pointing a finger at Liverpool supporters “.
“I have never seen such a disorganization around the Stade de France,” he told France Info this Monday. This is not the first time that major events have taken place around the Stade de France. The Stade de France has existed in Saint-Denis for 24 years and is the third Champions League final to be held there (after 2000 and 2006). I haven’t seen a disorganization on a level yet. I’m very upset, I don’t want Saine Saint-Denis and her inhabitants to be scapegoats for this disorganization. I demand a rapid, transparent and in-depth examination of these dysfunctions, of this disorganization. “
Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Minister of Sport, said in the preamble of the crisis meeting at the ministry: “The aim of this meeting is to identify all the faults that have unfortunately occurred at the Stade de France. necessary lessons so that this never happens again and so that we are ideally prepared for further international sporting events.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Marine Le Pen reacted quickly to the incidents that took place on Saturday 28 May on the edge of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. For the leader of France Insoumise, “we are not ready for Olympic-type events”, while for the president of the National Rally, “we are no longer holding any big events, even if they are OJ in eighteen months.” The same story for two French political figures who point to the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.
The 2024 Paris Olympics take place in just over two years, and the opening ceremony of the Olympics will be on a different scale than the Champions League final on Saturday 28. Something that worries some authorities. As a reminder, 600,000 people are expected on the Seine, where the ceremony will take place.
On Saturday, May 28, Paris Police Prefect Didier Lallement took legal action for a “massive counterfeit banknote fraud”. He believes that “this could have very serious consequences for the safety of spectators”.
Carl Clemente, author of Liverpool History Books, has never had an incident like Saturday’s May 28 before the Champions League final: … My 9-year-old child suffered the effects of tear gas, which the police used for fun! He was hit directly. It’s so toxic. Apparently it wasn’t a place for kids. it was more of a war zone. ”
According to data provided to AFP by the Ministry of the Interior, the police made 105 arrests and 39 police custody on the sidelines of the C1 final. This report concerns the surroundings of the Stade de France, but also the fan zone open to fans of Liverpool and Real Madrid.
According to a report by Paris Police Chief Didier Lallement, 30,000 to 40,000 too many fans without tickets or with fake tickets were present around the Stade de France and at the Liverpool – Real Madrid match. The prefecture believes that in the face of the overflow, a security system involving 6,800 police officers and gendarmes operated and made it possible to “avoid tragedy”, even though it required to do without certain controls.