Sports | Feet: Time to explain after the Champions League blunder

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Paris-After the turmoil on Saturday and the controversy on Sunday, the first explanation: The Ministry of Sports brought together the organizers, police and local governments of the Champions League final on Monday (11:00 am) to “1 year of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. A blunder lesson that occurred before and two years before the 2024 Paris Olympics. “

Two days later, supporters shocked by the chaotic scenes around the Stade de France, fights, attempts by individuals without tickets, or the intervention of police and theft victims, Amélie Oudéa, the new sports minister. -Castera needs to manage her first crisis.

“With the Minister of the Interior, we mourn the incident that hurt the Champions League night on Saturday night at the Stade de France and regret that some supporters with tickets were unable to participate in the match.” She explained. A statement released on Sunday.

Alongside the Minister of Sports, representatives of the final match, UEFA, the French Football Federation and the Stade de France, where Real Madrid (1-0) defeated Liverpool, will be present from the police headquarters in Paris. , Seine-Saint-Denis and Saint-Denis City Hall.


“The current priority is to identify the malfunction very accurately in order to learn all the lessons to prevent such incidents from recurring at major international sporting events in the future,” said the Ministry of Sports Games. Insisted.

Even if there are no serious injuries, there are many questions.

How could the expected European football celebration be ruined and turned into a tragedy when nearly 7,000 police officers, gendarmerie and firefighters were mobilized, not to mention civilian guards? ?? Why was the pre-screening system 200 meters away from the stadium quickly overwhelmed by the influx of Liverpool supporters, creating a bottleneck? How are youth gangs in a position to force themselves into the premises?

Questions also come from supporters returning from Paris, Liverpool clubs, local governments like the mayor “sick of miserable management and brutal treatment”, and the United Kingdom where the people do not take off.

-Parliamentary Investigation Committee-

Especially terrible, Liverpool police around the Stade de France have determined that the “majority” of British supporters “have been exemplary”, attributed to the Interior Minister from Saturday night. became. Gerald Dalmanin, “Thousands of British supporters who don’t have tickets or have fake tickets that have been forced to enter.”

In a report submitted to the Interior Minister on Sunday, Paris Police Chief Didier Lallement said that “more than the 80,000 people allowed at the stadium, probably between 30,000 and 40,000”. Estimating the number of.

He also decided to take legal action against “massive counterfeit fraud”.

Whatever the outcome of the meeting at the Ministry of Sports, the Stade de France blunder should have consequences.

Senator LR Michel Savin, chairman of the Practical Sports Study Group and major sporting events, has already announced a request for the establishment of an Inquiry Committee. “400 million viewers have witnessed what I consider to be a humiliation for our country preparing for the Rugby World Cup and the Olympics and Paralympics,” he regrets.