Champions League final: Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan ‘terrified’ by fan reports on Paris deal | Soccer News

Liverpool boss Billy Hogan says he has been “horrified” by fan accounts after receiving more than 5,000 comments on issues surrounding Saturday’s Champions League final.

Liverpool have set up an online form for fans to post their own experiences from around the Stade de France, prompting Hogan to condemn events “no one should experience” both before and after the game.

Speaking to the club’s website, Hogan thanked fans for their help with putting together the picture of what happened outside the stadium, which saw the game postponed for almost 40 minutes by UEFA and was originally blamed on the late arrival of fans.

“There’s not a lot of detail at this stage, it’s an evolutionary process obviously, but we want to make sure the right steps are taken to get the facts on what happened on Saturday in Paris,” he said.

“I spent time during today’s review of some of the information and, honestly, I am horrified by the way some men, women, children – able, less able – were treated indiscriminately on Saturday.

“I think it’s important to acknowledge that we’ve all focused on the access problems at the Stade de France; I think it’s also important that we don’t lose sight of what happened after the match. I think we all I saw videos, photos, I read some stories about absolutely horrible experiences leaving the stadium too – crimes committed, robberies.

“No one should experience what our fans experienced both before and after the match. In our minds, obviously this is completely unacceptable, so it’s important that we create this body of experiences that clearly need to be included in the independent survey. “

That inquiry has not yet been commissioned by UEFA despite a request from Liverpool, where the European government is instead choosing an “independent report” on matters in Paris. This will be chaired by Portuguese MP Dr. Tiago Brandao Rodrigues.

Hogan added: “This may be just a difference in language, but in our minds we asked for an independent inquiry rather than an independent report. So, again, detail is really important here and we’ll keep up with UEFA about it all the time. . “

The Liverpool CEO also paid tribute to the support of the media and professionals involved in the game to try to explain the chaotic scenes around France’s national stadium, as opposed to French Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera, who blamed Liverpool fans for letting “out” . in the wilderness “for the problems.

Liverpool supporters were unable to reach the Stade de France smoothly ahead of the clash with Real Madrid, which had to be postponed for more than 30 minutes as a result. Speaking earlier on Tuesday, Hogan hit the “surprise” comments of the French government official.

The French Sports Minister has since commissioned a report on the problems that plagued the weekend show. Oudea-Castera asked Michael Cadot, the interministerial delegate for major sporting events, to produce the report within 10 days.

France blames “fraud” for CL chaos

The French interior minister blamed “industrial fraud” for chaos at the Champions League final in Paris with 70 percent of tickets trying to enter the Stade de France allegedly fake.

Saturday’s game at the Stade de France between Liverpool and Real Madrid began with a 36-minute delay after police tried to detain people trying to force them into the French national stadium without tickets, while some ticket holders complained that they were not admitted. .

French Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin said thousands of fake tickets had caused the uproar that erupted when Liverpool fans tried to enter the stadium on Saturday evening.

“At 9pm, when the match was due to start, 97 per cent of the Spanish supporters were present, only 50 per cent of the British supporters had entered their section, which shows the difficulties that arose only from the entrance in relation to Liverpool. “Supporters and not the other entrances,” he told a news conference.

“There has been massive fraud at the industrial level and organization of counterfeit tickets because the Stade de France pre-filter and the French football federation saw that 70 per cent of tickets were counterfeit.

“Once through the pre-filter stage, 15 percent of tickets were fake, more than 2,600 were non-validated tickets even though they went through the first filtering.

“The massive presence of these fake tickets was the issue that meant there were delays. There were 29 arrests that took place inside the Stade de France and more than half of those arrests were British supporters because they intruded inside the Stade de France.”

French Sports Minister Oudea-Castera added that 30,000-40,000 people were without tickets or fakes and that “everyone wants to make sure this never happens again”.

She said: “Some people bought tickets and were deprived of a match and we would like to say how sorry we are for all these people because their Saturday night experience was completely ruined. We asked UEFA to identify them and they could be compensated soon for trying to win. their frustration.

“The main point is to really understand exactly what happened during this massive ticket fraud. There are witnesses to that and figures confirm that 30,000 to 40,000 without tickets or with fake tickets. The fake tickets looked incredibly normal. Tickets which meant that some checks did not notice it.

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Kaveh Solhekol gives his understanding of what happened at the Champions League final on Saturday night and why he thinks claims accusing Liverpool fans of 40,000 fake tickets are false.

“We want a very detailed, in-depth investigation with UEFA to see what happened, why, how and to what extent. UEFA has heard our request and we look forward to the rapid launch of this investigation.”

Earlier on Monday, Oudea-Castera blamed Liverpool fans who came without valid tickets.

Oudea-Castera told French radio station RTL: “What happened, first, was this rally of the British supporters of the Liverpool club, without tickets, or with fake tickets.”

UEFA has blamed “thousands of fans with fake tickets” for causing delays, while UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has called for a formal inquiry into the cause of the chaos.

‘I haven’t seen a single fake ticket’

Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

“[The French explanation] not at all in line with what I saw. Let’s be clear about what happened in Paris this morning. We had a meeting between the French sports minister, the French interior minister, UEFA and the Paris police chief Didier Lallement. Now I am sure in this meeting this morning, the police chief was asked what happened on Saturday. This is embarrassing for France. It was a misery.

“Look at all the terrible titles around the world. They’re hosting the Rugby World Cup next year. They’re hosting the Olympics in 2024. I’m sure he was asked to explain what went wrong, and I think he passed the blame. For what happened at Liverpool. -supporters and now fake tickets.

“I’m sure there were some fake tickets. There are always fake tickets for grand finals, but I didn’t see anything that looked like an industrial massive fraud operation. For example, I didn’t have Liverpool supporters come to me and tell me to complain or worrying that they had bought fake tickets.

“They came to me complaining that they were tearful, pepper-sprayed and crushed. They were being treated like beasts by the French police.

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Kaveh Solhekol and members of his Sky Sports production team were in tears by French police outside the Stade de France.

“What I saw was misery, total disorganization and the blame was entirely on UEFA, the French authorities, the stadium authorities and the French police. We were in a situation where 20,000 Liverpool supporters came to that stadium early up to five hours earlier. they were asked to wait in a confined space and there was a gap that was only large enough for one person that 20,000 people had to be filtered through.

“There were no Liverpool supporters at this meeting and there were no Real Madrid supporters at this meeting. I did not see a single fake ticket. I would treat with extreme caution what was said at this press conference.

“Not one supporter came up to me and said,‘ I was sold a fake ticket. I wasted thousands of pounds on this. “I saw some very, very upset supporters because they were treated terribly by the French police. I saw that. I saw women and children in tears, women and children in tears.


“From the Real Madrid supporters I spoke to and what I saw with my own eyes, there were a lot of problems at the Real Madrid final as well. I know you see this story, especially on social media, wondering why there is only problems at the Liverpool final, while everything was nice and peaceful at the Real Madrid final.

“That wasn’t the case. I was actually pepper-sprayed at the Real Madrid end of the ground.

“There were serious problems at the Real Madrid end of the ground as well. There were many, many local young Frenchmen who entered the Real Madrid end of the ground. Many Real Madrid supporters were attacked and attacked even after the game, so it too not everything was happy at the Real Madrid end of the ground. “

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