Macron demanded "to shed light" on the scandal surrounding the Champions League final

Macron demands full transparency on unrest during Champions League final

PARIS, 1 Jun – French President Emmanuel Macron is demanding “full transparency” about what happened at the Champions League final on Saturday at the Stade de France, French Cabinet spokeswoman Olivia Gregoire said on Wednesday.
Last Saturday at the Stade de France stadium in the suburbs of Paris, Spanish Real Madrid beat English Liverpool 1-0 in the 2021/22 Champions League final and won the most prestigious trophy in European club football. The meeting was overshadowed by clashes between fans, some of whom turned out to be holders of fake tickets, and law enforcement forces. The match started more than half an hour late.
“The President of the Republic was very clear: we need to shed light on what happened, to achieve full transparency in what happened (during the Champions League match at the Stade de France – ed.) and as soon as possible,” Gregoire said at a government briefing.
She noted that Macron “completely trusts” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin in this matter.
At the same time, earlier the BFMTV channel, citing the French leader’s entourage, reported that Macron reprimanded the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the fact that the minister could not cope with the situation with the fans during the final match of the Champions League football. According to the source, the French leader “was furious.”
Before the start of the Champions League final, French police fired tear gas at Liverpool fans who were trying to break into the stadium. The corresponding videos were published by eyewitnesses in social networks. According to Agence France-Presse, some fans were without tickets. Footage circulating on the internet shows them climbing over fences, evading stewards and running into the arena. Due to security issues, the game started with a delay of 37 minutes. The Paris police on the night from Saturday to Sunday detained 105 rioters.
On Monday, Darmanen said that about 70% of paper tickets for the Champions League final match, according to a preliminary check, were fake. The country’s Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera believes that the situation at the match got out of control because of the fans of the English “Liverpool” and UEFA’s decision to issue paper tickets for the match. Between 30,000 and 40,000 British fans came to the Stade de France with or without false tickets, she said.


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