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France blames ticket fraud for Champions League final chaos

France blames ticket fraud for Champions League final chaos

PARIS (AP) — French authorities defended police on Monday for indiscriminately firing tear gasoline with every one other accompanied by sprinkle spray at Liverpool supporters at the Champions League final, while blaming manufacturing levels of fraud that saw 30,000 to 40,000 people try to enter the Stade de France accompanied by fake tickets or none at all.

UEFA ordered an self-governing report that it said would "examine decision making, duty with every one other accompanied by behaviors of all entities associated accompanied by inside the final" with every one other accompanied by exist made public.

After a gathering into Saturday's chaos, the French ministers of the (competitive) game(s) with every one other accompanied by the inside shifted duty onto the Liverpool fans while not providing details on how they were sure so numerous fake tickets were inside circulation. People accompanied by legal tickets bought into and not here of Liverpool with every one other accompanied by UEFA reported struggling to access the stadium.

"There was massive fraud at an manufacturing flat with every one other accompanied by an organization of fake tickets since of the pre-filtering by the Stade de France with every one other accompanied by the French Football Federation, 70% of the tickets were fake tickets coming into the Stade de France," Interior minister Gérald Darmanin said. "Fifteen percent of fake tickets too were following the earliest filtering ... additional than 2,600 tickets were confirmed by UEFA while non-validated tickets flat though they'd gone into and not here of the earliest filtering.

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The French sports management dividing provided no indeed proof for its claims with every one other accompanied by it did not respond to a follow-up email following hosting a combative report conference.

"A massive presence of these fake tickets of way was the matter why there were delays," Darmanin said. "Three times the beginning of the match was delayed."

The final, which Liverpool lost 1-0 to Real Madrid, kicked off 37 minutes late.

Liverpool leader administrative Billy Hogan said it was "completely inappropriate" for the French authorities to exist forming conclusions with every one other accompanied by commenting on numbers so early.

"At this phase I believe it's fair not in charge of to exist making comments earlier to we've actually gathered all the information," Hogan said. "How tin (the number of fans lacking tickets) exist quantified at this stage, earlier to we've had an self-governing with every one other accompanied by transparent investigation? There's too been quotes concerning people accompanied by fake tickets. But, again, how do we know all the facts until we've had an investigation?"

Hogan said Liverpool was "reviewing legal avenues" on behalf of supporters.

"The Champions League final should exist one of the finest spectacles inside football with every one other accompanied by it resulted inside one of the worst experiences of numerous supporters' lives. So, I would speak that all politicians with every one other accompanied by agencies associated accompanied by inside this event need to remain until a filled with every one other accompanied by self-governing investigation is concluded earlier to attempting to shift blame."

Tear gasoline with every one other accompanied by sprinkle spray was targeted at Liverpool fans, impacting children — a tactic defended by Darmanin to stop deaths.

"I'd exist fond of to express gratitude to the forces of rules and regulations with every one other accompanied by order, too those who worked inside the stadium since they were extremely serene with every one other accompanied by they were intelligent to retain away from drama with every one other accompanied by so express gratitude to you for organizing the pre-filtering nevertheless lifting it when there was excessively a a large amount of pressure to retain away from a drama," Darmanin said. "That was a decision made by the prefecture to retain away from some sort of deaths or solemnly injured."

French Sports minister Amélie Ouéda-Castéra blamed fans arriving at the stadium late for the crowd jurisdiction issues, nevertheless did not speak when they should have arrived at the stadium on the outskirts of Paris.

"We have seen, we have to improve inside risky matches sure aspects accompanied by believe concerning to managing the flows, earliest filtering, following filtering, with every one other accompanied by we have to build sure we look at electronic ticketing while closely while possible so we tin retain away from fraud while a lengthy way while ticketing is concerned," Ouéda-Castéra said. "That is something which is completely essential."

Ouéda-Castéra did speak supporters who couldn't obtain into the stadium should exist compensated, nevertheless ignored questions while she left-hand the report conference where Ouéda-Castéra.

"We are extremely sad for all the people whose experience was wasted all that evening," Ouéda-Castéra said. "For the people who had bought tickets with every one other accompanied by were unable to attend the match. That's why we have asked UEFA to really labour on a compensation system for those people — 2,700, including British people — so that they obtain compensation."

UEFA did not lift the matter of compensating fans inside its statement concerning its own investigation.

"Evidence will exist gathered from all pertinent parties with every one other accompanied by the findings of the self-governing report will exist made condition on one occasion completed," UEFA said, lacking giving a timeline.

French authorities will place up a employed category to stop violence inside stadiums with every one other accompanied by mark troublemakers following seeing a spate of incidents this time inside domestic games.

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AP Sports Writer Graham Dunbar inside Geneva contributed to this report

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France blames ticket fraud for Champions League final chaos

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