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SPORT – “Stadium of Farce”. The pun of the English tabloid “The Sun” says a lot about the vision of our European neighbors about the catastrophic evening which took place at the Stade de France on Saturday evening May 28 during the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool.
The German media are also wondering about UEFA’s organizational flaws. “The evening of chaos”, writes the country’s most widely read daily, Bild. “A shame: the final started half an hour late because of the chaos at the entrance to the stadium”, finally posted the Catalan daily Sport on its front page on Sunday.
British Labor MP Ian Byrne said on Twitter that he had “one of the worst experiences of his life”. Present on the spot, the left-wing deputy denounces “horrible security” and an “organization which has put lives in danger”.
I’ve just endured one of the worst experiences in my life. Horrendous security and organization putting lives at ri… https://t.co/VLYrE8X46u
— Ian Byrne MP (@IanByrneMP)
In his article, The Sun publishes the testimony of Marvin Matip, the brother of Reds defender Joel Matip, who said he had to take refuge in a restaurant with his pregnant wife to escape the tear gas scattered in their direction.
I was caught in tear gas with supporters who were waiting quietly. It is absolutely shameful.
The Telegraph publishes the damning account of Jason Burt, the head of the football section of the newspaper. “I was outside Gate Y when I was caught in the tear gas used indiscriminately by the French riot police at the Stade de France. I was talking to supporters who had been waiting quietly, some for three hours, when they reached my face, stinging my eyes, lips and tongue. I saw that we dispersed some. I couldn’t believe it (…) It was absolutely shameful”, he said in a post.
Several correspondents from the British press seemed bewildered by the current French policing techniques, criticized earlier in the day by the rebellious leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
I have not seen any behavior that deserved such a reaction from the police. Just fans who want to see a game.
Former English international and sports columnist Gary Lineker relays the direct from a colleague of Sky Sports News by confirming a “chaotic” evening. “The treatment of spectators who went quietly to a football match was horrendous and unjustified. I haven’t seen any behavior from the Reds that deserved such a reaction from the police. Just fans who want to see a match,” he insisted.
This is good accurate reporting. It was shambolic. The unnecessarily poor treatment of people peacefully going to w… https://t.co/pnR4NxV3HQ
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker)
In a widely relayed message, the sports journalist from DailyMail Dominic King states that “French police used pepper spray for no reason. The way these people were treated is a shame”, he believes, not seeing any reproaches to be made to English supporters, while Gérald Darmanin pointed out their responsibility this Sunday morning, targeting those who were armed with false tickets.
Let this be said now with absolutely clarity: there is no blame to be put on fans here, none whatsoever. French pol… https://t.co/YUANWar6C2
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM)
With @AOC1978, at the Stade de France security headquarters. Thousands of British “supporters”, without tickets or with… https://t.co/ggVhebbgea
— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin)
The journalist of the American sports channel ESPN, Mark Ogden, posted on Twitter a video where we see calm supporters posted behind a barrier of the Stade de France being sprayed with pepper spray. It has been viewed over eight million times. Proof that these kinds of scenes, to which we have become accustomed, should not be so common.
Pepper spraying fans outside stadium in Paris https://t.co/drgzEpR9gD
— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_)
This Sunday, May 29 at the end of the day, many French Internet users demanded on Twitter the resignation of the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, with the #Darmanindemission.
A ministerial meeting will be held on Monday to “identify the dysfunctions” that took place around the match, the sports ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
See also on The HuffPost: Liverpool-Real Madrid: Chaos at the Stade de France for the Champions League final