• Law firm investigating possible legal action against Uefa for Liverpool fans

    Law firm investigating possible legal action against Uefa for Liverpool fans
    Action is for fans caught up in Champions League final chaosClaim is to allege Uefa failed to ensure safe environment at gameA UK law firm is investigating a potential group legal action against Uefa on behalf of Liverpool fans regarding the chaotic events at the Champions League final in Paris in May.Leigh Day said it was investigating the potential claim for individuals who suffered physical or psychological injuries, after being contacted by a number of supporters. The firm said it believed 5
  • Rangers’ Champions League progress at risk after Union St-Gilloise defeat

    Rangers’ Champions League progress at risk after Union St-Gilloise defeat
    Rangers’ first step towards the Champions League ended in some despair with a 2-0 defeat by Union St-Gilloise in the first leg of their third qualifying round in Belgium.The Ibrox side’s exciting journey to the Europa League final last season whetted the appetite for European football’s elite club competition. However, amid a passive first-half performance by the Light Blues, the home side took the lead in the 27th minute when captain Teddy Teuma opened the scoring with a shot
  • Which Champions League contenders are having the best transfer window?

    Which Champions League contenders are having the best transfer window?
    Real Madrid have strengthened after winning the trophy as most of Europe’s heavyweights move for early signingsBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredThere have been some big moves this summer and we are not even into August. The continent’s most prestigious sides have spared no expense in their attempt to usurp Champions League winners Real Madrid. The Spanish champions beat Liverpool in the final in Paris in May to secure their third Champions League title in six years. With their rivals stre
  • Which Champions League contender is having the best transfer window?

    Which Champions League contender is having the best transfer window?
    Real Madrid have strengthened after winning the trophy as most of Europe’s heavyweights move for early signingsBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredThere have been some big moves this summer and we are not even into August. The continent’s most prestigious sides have spared no expense in their attempt to usurp Champions League winners Real Madrid. The Spanish champions beat Liverpool in the final in Paris in May to secure their third Champions League title in six years. With their rivals stre
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  • David Healy: ‘Winning as a manager beats anything I ever had as a player’

    David Healy: ‘Winning as a manager beats anything I ever had as a player’
    Healy found fame scoring goals for Northern Ireland. Now he is winning titles and embarking on another European adventureBy Jonathan Drennan for the Guardian Sport NetworkIn Northern Ireland, it is hard to escape the impact David Healy had on the national team. A large mural in Belfast captures his most famous night, when he scored the winning goal in a World Cup qualifier against England in 2005. Healy created magic from scraps while playing for Northern Ireland. Now, as Linfield manager, he is
  • Police chief on Paris final ‘independent review’ is Uefa security officer

    Police chief on Paris final ‘independent review’ is Uefa security officer
    Amsterdam chief Frank Paauw has longstanding ties with Uefa All four people assisting review chair have worked for UefaThe Amsterdam police chief appointed to sit on Uefa’s “independent review” into the chaos at the Champions League final in Paris is a senior security officer at Uefa, raising further concerns about the independence and governance of the review.Frank Paauw, an experienced, senior Netherlands police chief and football match commander, worked as a Uefa safety and
  • ‘You have flares, drums, megaphones’: Andre Green relishing life at Slovan

    ‘You have flares, drums, megaphones’: Andre Green relishing life at Slovan
    Former Aston Villa winger has another Champions League tie this week after moving to Slovakia ‘to prove everyone wrong’Andre Green always wanted to move abroad to test himself in a different league. He might not have expected his first calling outside England to be Slovan Bratislava but the former Aston Villa winger is embracing his time in Slovakia as he aims to make it to the Champions League group stage.Slovan face another of Europe’s historic names, Ferencvaros, on Wednesda
  • Revealed: two members of Paris final ‘independent’ review worked for Uefa

    Revealed: two members of Paris final ‘independent’ review worked for Uefa
    Daniel Ribeiro and Luis Silva have had roles for governing bodyIndependence of review’s chairman has also been questionedThe two Portuguese professionals appointed to work with the chairman of Uefa’s “independent review” into the chaos at the Champions League final have both worked extensively for Uefa, raising further serious concerns about the review’s independence.Daniel Ribeiro and Luis Silva were announced on 1 July by Uefa, which said that the Portuguese polit
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  • Liverpool fans unfairly blamed for Champions League chaos, French Senate report finds

    Liverpool fans unfairly blamed for Champions League chaos, French Senate report finds
    Report says blame was to ‘divert attention’ from state’s failure‘Major shortcomings’ identified relating to May’s final in ParisLiverpool fans were unfairly blamed for the chaos which surrounded last season’s Champions League final in Paris to “divert attention” from the failure of the organisers, a French Senate report has found.The Senate has heard from Liverpool supporters, French police and government officials and Uefa’s events dir
  • Uefa’s Champions League final review chair introduced ‘repressive’ fan card

    Uefa’s Champions League final review chair introduced ‘repressive’ fan card
    MP Rodrigues criticised in Portugal over Hillsborough referenceKenny Scott’s appointment to panel raises independence doubtsThe Portuguese politician chairing Uefa’s review of the chaos at the Champions League final was criticised by supporters over his introduction of a controversial fan identity card aimed at tackling hooliganism. His department’s legal justification for the scheme included a reference to the Hillsborough disaster, which was also strongly criticised by suppor
  • Amazon and BBC break BT stranglehold on Champions League football

    Amazon and BBC break BT stranglehold on Champions League football
    BBC to show highlights for first time from 2024-25 seasonAmazon seals deal for 17 live matches on Tuesday nightsAmazon has broken BT’s stranglehold on live Champions League football in the UK, and highlights are set to air on the BBC for the first time in a new deal starting in 2024.BT has retained the lion’s share of the Champions League rights, securing UK rights for 187 of the 204 games in the new expanded format from 2024, while also cutting the price of the next three-year deal
  • Amazon close to deal over Champions League rights in UK

    Amazon close to deal over Champions League rights in UK
    US retailer and streaming giant is understood to be set to split UK rights with BT SportAmazon is close to securing a groundbreaking deal to broadcast Champions League football in the UK for the first time, marking a significant increase in its ambitions to become a major live sport broadcaster.The US internet retailer and streaming giant, which already has a broadcast portfolio spanning Premier League football, tennis and rugby, is understood to be set to split the UK rights with existing holde
  • Bordeaux: from Champions League to the French third tier in 12 years

    Bordeaux: from Champions League to the French third tier in 12 years
    Bordeaux won Ligue 1 in 2009 and then beat Bayern and Juventus in Europe. Now they fear bankruptcy and extinctionBy Raphaël Jucobin for Get French Football NewsLuca Toni and Miroslav Klose cannot find a way through. With the game now past the 90-minute mark, Bayern Munich still find themselves trailing 1-0 to Bordeaux and staring down the barrel of a second defeat in as many weeks to the Ligue 1 champions, this time at the Allianz Arena.The latest Bayern effort veers awry and the ball is ho
  • French minister sorry for Champions League final’s ‘bad management’

    French minister sorry for Champions League final’s ‘bad management’
    Darmanin stops short of apology for blaming Liverpool fans‘It profoundly changed the organisation of the police HQ’The French interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, has apologised to “everyone who suffered from bad management” at the Champions League final in Paris.However, Darmanin, who has made strongly disputed claims about the number of counterfeit tickets in circulation at the Stade de France, stopped short of saying sorry to the Liverpool fans he blamed for the
  • Police ‘aggressive and provocative’ in Paris, Liverpool fans’ groups tell hearing

    Police ‘aggressive and provocative’ in Paris, Liverpool fans’ groups tell hearing
    French parliamentary hearing told children were traumatisedReal Madrid supporter says Liverpool fans ‘pacifist and correct’Paris police were aggressive, provocative and prejudiced against Liverpool supporters from the moment they arrived for the Champions League final in Paris last month, a French parliamentary commission heard on Tuesday.Addressing the hearing into events in the French captain on 28 May, Liverpool fans’ representatives described the terror of being attacked by
  • For safety’s sake Champions League final chaos still needs a full investigation | David Conn

    For safety’s sake Champions League final chaos still needs a full investigation | David Conn
    Reference to Hillsborough in pre-match intelligence points to negligence of French police in dealing with Liverpool fansThe truly shocking revelation about the disastrous approach of the French police at the Champions League final in Paris appeared in plain sight in the first, flawed official report into the near-disaster released last Friday. Perhaps unwittingly from the report’s author, Michel Cadot, an official working in France’s sports ministry, it illuminated most clearly so fa
  • Champions League final chaos leaves French official with ‘many regrets’

    Champions League final chaos leaves French official with ‘many regrets’
    Michel Cadot says it was ‘an important failure that damages us’He insists use of teargas ended up being only viable responseThe French government official investigating the chaos at the Champions League final in Paris in which police used teargas and pepper spray against Liverpool fans admitted there were “many regrets” over what happened but said preparations had been robust.Michel Cadot, the sports ministry’s delegate on major events, said those involved in planni
  • Champions League final chaos leaves French government with ‘many regrets’

    Champions League final chaos leaves French government with ‘many regrets’
    Michel Cadot says it was ‘an important failure that damages us’He insists use of teargas ended up being only viable responseThe French government official investigating the chaos at the Champions League final in Paris in which police used teargas and pepper spray against Liverpool fans admitted there were “many regrets” over what happened but said preparations had been robust.Michel Cadot, the sports ministry’s delegate on major events, said those involved in planni
  • Outrage as report on Paris final policing links Hillsborough with hooliganism

    Outrage as report on Paris final policing links Hillsborough with hooliganism
    Hillsborough reason for ‘firm policing’, says government reportLiverpool fans’ fears confirmed after Champions League chaosThe French authorities deployed riot police in large numbers at the Champions League final in Paris apparently due to a misconceived association of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster with hooliganism, according to an official report produced for France’s prime minister.The report by Michel Cadot, the French sports ministry’s delegate on major sporti
  • Outrage as French report of policing links Hillsborough with hooliganism

    Outrage as French report of policing links Hillsborough with hooliganism
    Official report for French PM on Champions League finalLiverpool fans’ bleakest fears confirmed by 30-page reportThe French authorities deployed riot police in large numbers at the Champions League final in Paris apparently due to a misconceived association of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster with hooliganism, according to an official report produced for France’s prime minister.The report by Michel Cadot, the French sports ministry’s delegate on major sporting events, appears to
  • Report highlights ‘multiple failures’ in handling of Champions League final

    Report highlights ‘multiple failures’ in handling of Champions League final
    French government release 30-page report on systemic failuresLiverpool fans were attacked outside Stade de France in MayA French government report into the problems at the Champions League final has highlighted “multiple failures” in the management of the crowd in Paris.The 30-page report, handed to the prime minister’s office on Friday, focused on systemic failures and “the presence of malevolent individuals” in the vicinity of the stadium. Large numbers of Liverpo
  • Top two Uefa executives went to playoff final day after Champions League chaos

    Top two Uefa executives went to playoff final day after Champions League chaos
    Theodoridis and Marchetti stuck with plan to go to WembleyUefa defends decision, saying they were fully across Paris falloutUefa has defended the decision of its two most senior executives to leave Paris early the day after the Champions League final descended into horror and chaos, to watch the EFL Championship playoff final at Wembley.Theodore Theodoridis, Uefa’s general secretary – the equivalent of chief executive – and his deputy Giorgio Marchetti were guests of the EFL at
  • Most senior Uefa security officials ‘not actively involved’ in Champions League final control room

    Most senior Uefa security officials ‘not actively involved’ in Champions League final control room
    Sources expected pair to be visible there amid chaosActions taken by Pavlica and Cvrk not yet fully establishedThe head of Uefa’s safety and security department and the senior safety official at the Champions League final were not actively involved in the Stade de France control centre as the night descended into chaos, it has been claimed.Lower-ranking Uefa safety officers on duty at the Paris final between Liverpool and Real Madrid on 28 May are said to have worked frantically hard to tr
  • 'It was obviously a failure': Paris police chief apologises for Champions League chaos – video

    'It was obviously a failure': Paris police chief apologises for Champions League chaos – video
    The Paris police chief, Didier Lallement, has admitted that he may have been wrong when he said up to 40,000 Liverpool fans tried to enter the Champions League final with fake tickets and that there was no scientific evidence to support the claim. The final was delayed by more than 30 minutes after police officers forcefully held back people trying to enter the ground. Riot police sprayed teargas on fans, including women and children. Lallement apologised to fans from the UK
  • Paris police chief says his figure on Liverpool fans’ fake tickets may be wrong

    Paris police chief says his figure on Liverpool fans’ fake tickets may be wrong
    Didier Lallement also describes police action at final as a ‘failure’He told interior minister 30,000-40,000 fans had fake ticketsThe Paris police chief said on Thursday that he may have been wrong when he said up to 40,000 Liverpool fans tried to enter the Champions League final with fake tickets and that there was no scientific evidence to support the claim.Didier Lallement added during a hearing in the French Senate that the police action around the match between Liverpool and Rea
  • ‘Extremely violent’ Paris final CCTV footage destroyed, French FA says

    ‘Extremely violent’ Paris final CCTV footage destroyed, French FA says
    No request made to avoid automatic deletion after seven daysPolice chief regrets ‘failure’ over fans but defends teargas useStade de France CCTV footage of “extremely violent” scenes outside the Champions League final in Paris last month was automatically deleted a week after the event because there were no requests from the French justice system to seize the videotape, a French football official said on Thursday.Erwan Le Prévost, head of institutional relations fo
  • Liverpool have doubts over neutrality of Uefa review – and its chair

    Liverpool have doubts over neutrality of Uefa review – and its chair
    Concerns about Tiago Brandão Rodrigues’s suitabilityClub want to know more about panel of expertsUefa has failed to satisfy Liverpool that its “independent review” of the policing and safety failures at the Champions League final will be thorough or independent enough, but the club have agreed to meet the Portuguese MP appointed to chair it.Liverpool did not make a public statement after receiving Uefa’s response to 13 questions they posed last week about the revie
  • Revealed: Uefa safety consultant quit and expressed concerns in February

    Revealed: Uefa safety consultant quit and expressed concerns in February
    Steve Frosdick seriously unhappy with department’s directionZeljko Pavlica, close friend of Ceferin, took charge last yearSerious concerns were raised about Uefa’s safety and security department earlier this year when an English safety expert with decades of experience quit his role as a consultant for European football’s governing body.Steve Frosdick, originally a Metropolitan police officer, has dedicated his career to stadium safety in British and European football since the
  • British and French sports ministers to meet over Champions League chaos

    British and French sports ministers to meet over Champions League chaos
    Huddleston to raise ‘many points’ with Oudéa-CastéraLiverpool fans kettled, robbed and teargassed in ParisThe British sports minister is to meet his French counterpart this week to discuss the chaos at the Stade de France, after one MP described the scenes in Paris as the “most hostile environment” they had seen at a sporting event.Nigel Huddleston said he could meet Amélie Oudéa-Castéra as early as Tuesday to raise issues surrounding th
  • Of course French police and politicians lied and smeared UK football fans. That’s what they do | Fabrice Arfi

    Of course French police and politicians lied and smeared UK football fans. That’s what they do | Fabrice Arfi
    In France, the violence meted out at the Champions League final and the cover-up that followed were tragically familiarThere is a proverb in French: “A quelque chose malheur est bon.” It roughly equates to “Every cloud has a silver lining.” In that sense – and I mean no offence, above all, not to Liverpool supporters – I think something positive emerged from the fiasco of the Champions League final in Paris on 28 May, when the club’s fans were unfairly b
  • Of course French police and politicians lied and smeared UK football fans. That’s what they do | Fabrice Afri

    Of course French police and politicians lied and smeared UK football fans. That’s what they do | Fabrice Afri
    In France, both the violence meted out at the Champions League final, and the cover-up that followed, were tragically familiar to usThere is a proverb in French: “A quelque chose malheur est bon.” It roughly equates to “Every cloud has a silver lining.” In that sense – and I mean no offence, above all, not to Liverpool supporters – I think something positive emerged from the fiasco of the Champions League final in Paris on 28 May, when the club’s fans we
  • Uefa, the police, French ministers... all peddled gross lies. Only fans prevented disaster | Neil Atkinson

    Uefa, the police, French ministers... all peddled gross lies. Only fans prevented disaster | Neil Atkinson
    Assuming that Liverpool fans would be a problem at the Champions League final, the authorities didn’t wait for a good reason to bring out the tear gasIt helps that you were there. It helps that there were phones, cameras, authority figures. It helps that former footballers, friends of footballers, politicians and executives were there. It helps that Sky Sports were incredible in capturing it and the supporters themselves better.It helps that attendees of football events are now more middle
  • France’s twisted attitude to fans led to Champions League chaos

    France’s twisted attitude to fans led to Champions League chaos
    Liverpool supporters were on the receiving end of the contemptuous and antiquated views of local authoritiesThe Champions League final fiasco was a complex, multilayered organisational failure. But the events that unfolded in the hours before the game and late into last Saturday night in the surroundings of the Stade de France originate in the twisted relationship that France as a country has with football fans – one of contempt, fascination, and, ultimately, fear.French fan culture is rel
  • Fury in France as Champions League final chaos tarnishes nation’s global image

    Fury in France as Champions League final chaos tarnishes nation’s global image
    As elections loom, public turns against interior minister Gérald Darmanin after he blames Liverpool fansfor Paris fiascoWhen Paris stepped in to host the Champions League final, the biggest match in international football after the World Cup final, the French authorities saw a chance to show that the nation was the ideal place to hold global sporting events.This weekend, those hopes appear to be dashed as French opinion polls show widespread disapproval of the chaos that ensued, amid grow
  • Saint-Denis convention undermined by chaos at Champions League final

    Saint-Denis convention undermined by chaos at Champions League final
    The irony of France’s public commitment to safety will not be lost on anyone affected by the shambolic organisation in ParisThe European Championship quarter-final between Iceland and France was not the only notable event held at the Stade de France on 3 July 2016. The Council of Europe also staged an opening ceremony that day for signatories to a new convention designed to provide “a safe, secure and welcoming environment at football matches and other sports events”.France was
  • Uefa apologises to Liverpool and Madrid fans over Champions League chaos

    Uefa apologises to Liverpool and Madrid fans over Champions League chaos
    Statement: ‘No football fan should be put in that situation’Supporters were tear-gassed in chaotic scenes in ParisUefa has issued an apology to Liverpool and Real Madrid supporters for the chaotic and distressing scenes that took place before last Saturday’s Champions League final.The match, which Madrid won 1-0, was delayed by 36 minutes after officers forcefully held back people trying to enter the Stade de France in Paris. Riot police sprayed pepper-spray and teargas on fans
  • Real Madrid demand answers over treatment of fans at Champions League final

    Real Madrid demand answers over treatment of fans at Champions League final
    Spanish champions call for organisers to apologise‘Many of the fans were assaulted and robbed with violence’Real Madrid have demanded answers from organisers over measures taken to protect supporters at last weekend’s Champions League final against Liverpool in Paris.The match, which Madrid won 1-0, was delayed by more than 30 minutes after officers forcefully held back people trying to enter the Stade de France. Riot police sprayed tear gas on fans, including women and childre
  • French police officers investigated over use of teargas against Liverpool fans

    French police officers investigated over use of teargas against Liverpool fans
    French interior minister says two officers went ‘against rules’Fans will be able to file legal complaints to police watchdogTwo French police officers are being investigated over disproportionate use of teargas against Liverpool supporters at the Champion League final in Paris last Saturday, the French interior minister has said, announcing that fans will be able to file legal complaints over their treatment.Gérald Darmanin told a senate committee he had “nothing to hide
  • ‘Absolutely horrific’: Liverpool fans on the Champions League final chaos

    ‘Absolutely horrific’: Liverpool fans on the Champions League final chaos
    Three supporters who travelled to the Stade de France tell us their experiences outside the stadiumLiverpool fans have raised concerns about their treatment by French police and the dangerous overcrowding that ensued before the Champions League final on Saturday night in Paris.Three Liverpool supporters who were at the match share their experiences of being caught up in the chaos outside the Stade de France. Continue reading...
  • Number of ‘fake’ Liverpool Champions League final tickets was just 2,800

    Number of ‘fake’ Liverpool Champions League final tickets was just 2,800
    French interior minister had claimed total was far higherLegitimate match tickets were identified as counterfeitOfficials at the Stade de France found a total of 2,800 “fake” tickets when scanning Liverpool fans into the Champions League final on Saturday, according to reports.The Agence France-Presse claims the figure was confirmed by stadium authorities and representatives of Uefa during a meeting with the French government on Monday. Continue reading...
  • Liverpool want more details on report into Champions League chaos

    Liverpool want more details on report into Champions League chaos
    CEO says more than 5,000 fans have given accounts to the clubNumber of ‘fake’ tickets lower than French minister claimedThe Liverpool chief executive, Billy Hogan, has said the club want more details about the independent report into the chaos outside the Champions League final on Saturday, with more than 5,000 fans giving accounts of the Stade de France shambles in the space of 24 hours.Uefa announced on Monday that the Portuguese MP Dr Tiago Brandão Rodrigues will lead a rev
  • Fresh claim over Liverpool tickets dilutes French government story

    Fresh claim over Liverpool tickets dilutes French government story
    French interior minister had claimed total was far higherLegitimate match tickets were identified as counterfeitOfficials at the Stade de France found a total of 2,800 “fake” tickets when scanning Liverpool fans into the Champions League final on Saturday, according to reports.The Agence France-Presse claims the figure was confirmed by stadium authorities and representatives of Uefa during a meeting with the French government on Monday. Continue reading...
  • No excuse for Uefa echoing Hillsborough by instantly blaming Liverpool fans | David Conn

    No excuse for Uefa echoing Hillsborough by instantly blaming Liverpool fans | David Conn
    The rush to instant judgment during the chaos in Paris instead of waiting for the facts was shocking from those responsibleJust two days on from the Paris horrors, where Uefa demonstrated shocking ignorance of lessons learned from Hillsborough and other football catastrophes, Liverpool were already facing another one: beware the “independent inquiry”.The Portuguese MP Tiago Brandão Rodrigues may well be made of the sternest independent mind, but Uefa has appointed him to condu
  • Thibaut Courtois has won the respect and Champions League title he craved

    Thibaut Courtois has won the respect and Champions League title he craved
    Vinícius Júnior scored the goal that beat Liverpool in the final but the Belgian keeper was Real Madrid’s matchwinnerBy Ben McAleer for WhoScored“I don’t think I get enough respect, especially in England,” said Thibaut Courtois after Real Madrid’s victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday night. To say Courtois enjoyed a world class performance in Paris would be an understatement. The Belgian was at his imperious best, making nin
  • David Squires on … Real Madrid’s Champions League final victory

    David Squires on … Real Madrid’s Champions League final victory
    Our resident cartoonist on a night in Paris for football romantics, with chaotic scenes outside and Real Madrid upsetting the eliteLike what we do? Consider supporting our journalismWant a cartoon? Buy one in the Squires print store Continue reading...
  • ‘I’m in pieces again’: Paris final fiasco triggers Hillsborough survivor trauma

    ‘I’m in pieces again’: Paris final fiasco triggers Hillsborough survivor trauma
    Two Liverpool fans, who were both present at the 1989 disaster, recount grim experiences of a chaotic Champions League finalKevin Cowley is a 50-year-old driving examiner, a former Metropolitan police officer and a survivor of the Hillsborough disaster. He was in pen three on 15 April 1989, where many of the 97 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed at the FA Cup semi-final. On Saturday he attended the Champions League final between Jürgen Klopp’s team and Real Madrid at Stade de Franc
  • ‘Irresponsible’: Liverpool want apology for minister’s comments on Paris chaos

    ‘Irresponsible’: Liverpool want apology for minister’s comments on Paris chaos
    Gérald Darmanin blamed fake tickets for Stade de France scenesLiverpool say comments are ‘unprofessional and disrespectful’Liverpool have demanded an apology from the French interior minister for blaming counterfeit ticket sales on an “industrial scale” for the chaos at the Champions League final on Saturday and are reviewing legal options open to fans affected by the authorities’ woeful organisation.Billy Hogan, the Liverpool chief executive, has described G
  • Champions League chaos proves football is run by authorities hostile to fans | Jonathan Liew

    Champions League chaos proves football is run by authorities hostile to fans | Jonathan Liew
    As long as the demand for football remains insatiable, those with fingers on the supply will keep squeezingFor once, it is the still photos that capture the scene better than the videos. Were you to base your impression of the hellscape in Paris on Saturday night on the grainy, shaky moving footage alone, you would probably conclude that it was a lawless, seething moshpit of disorder: of youths scaling spiked fences, gates being rattled and clattered, a ceaseless stream of teargas and baton char
  • Champions League chaos proves football is run by authorities hostile to fans

    Champions League chaos proves football is run by authorities hostile to fans
    As long as the demand for football remains insatiable, those with fingers on the supply will keep squeezingFor once, it is the still photos that capture the scene better than the videos. Were you to base your impression of the hellscape in Paris on Saturday night on the grainy, shaky moving footage alone, you would probably conclude that it was a lawless, seething moshpit of disorder: of youths scaling spiked fences, gates being rattled and clattered, a ceaseless stream of teargas and baton char
  • How the chaos unfolded around the Champions League final in Paris – video

    How the chaos unfolded around the Champions League final in Paris – video
    French police have come under scrutiny after accusations of an 'extremely hostile' attitude towards Liverpool fans around the Champions League final at the Stade de France in Paris. Footage circulated online of police using pepper spray and teargas on fans, seemingly unprovoked. The game's kick-off was delayed by 36 minutes amid security concerns that Uefa initially blamed on the lateness of Liverpool fans and the French government are now blaming on an influx of fa

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