UEFA offer long-awaited apology to Liverpool and Real Madrid fans over Champions League final shambles

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UEFA offer long-awaited apology to Liverpool and Real Madrid fans over Champions League final shambles

UEFA have offered their apologies to Liverpool and Real Madrid fans caught up in the chaos around the Champions League final last weekend.

Both clubs have complained of extensive issues in organising supporters’ entry to the ground, the police’s handling of the event and a series of incidents after the match in which complaints of locals initiating fights and muggings have been extensive.

On Friday, European football’s governing body issued an apology to fans and vowed to learn lessons from the final via an independent review.

A statement read: “UEFA wishes to sincerely apologise to all spectators who had to experience or witness frightening and distressing events in the build-up to the UEFA Champions League final at the Stade de France on 28 May 2022 in Paris, on a night which should have been a celebration of European club football.

“No football fan should be put in that situation, and it must not happen again.”

Liverpool have already begun collecting fans’ experiences of the final after local authorities blamed supporters holding fake tickets as the main cause of the disruption. Real Madrid have also demanded answers from UEFA.

The statement continued: “The Independent Review, which will be led by Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues from Portugal, aims at understanding what happened in the build-up to the final, and determining what lessons should be learned to ensure there is no repeat of the actions and events of that day.

“The Review will seek to establish a full picture and timeline of what occurred during the day, both within the stadium and the surrounding areas, including examining spectator flows to the stadium via the various access points.

“It will also examine all relevant operational plans related to security, mobility, ticketing, as well as others at the discretion of the chairman of the Review, and will examine the planning and preparedness of the involved entities for the staging of the final, including at additional sites such as the Liverpool FC and Real Madrid CF fan meeting points.

“The Independent Review aims to identify any issues or gaps in the implementation and running of operations and assess the roles and responsibilities of all the entities involved and the adequacy of their response to events, in order to make recommendations on best practices for the future for UEFA and the relevant stakeholders.”

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