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French Senate blames incidents in Champions League final to authorities’ failure

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The incidents at the end of the Champions League of Europe between Liverpool e Real Madrid on May 28 in Paris had no relationship with fans of the English team outside the Stade de France, the French Senate estimated.

In presenting the conclusion of their report, Laurent Lafon, chairman of the Senate Culture Committee, and the chairman of the Law Committee, François Noël Buffet, emphasized the “flaws” of the Paris authorities and police.

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Politicians also denounced an erroneous “analysis” by Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin of the event, which quickly incriminated Liverpool’s English fans and then apologized. The Minister stated in his hearing before the senators that about 35,000 people with fake tickets or without tickets went to the Stade de France.

The event, which would be a test run just over a year away from the Rugby World Cup and the 2024 Olympic Games, has become a nightmare for the police and the government. Fans without tickets jumped the fences of the stadium while others, who had tickets, were unable to enter.

Police officers used tear gas against several families, who, in addition, were victims of robberies and assaults committed by opportunistic criminals.

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The Senate report defends a series of measures, including the “obligation of operators” to keep surveillance camera footage “for the legal period of one month” and “make mandatory the use of non-falsifiable tickets”.

For Lafon, “in no case can the inadequate management of the box office be considered as the only cause of the incidents”.

Source: Gazetaesportiva

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