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Liverpool fan group urges French government to apologize

20 Jul 2022 | 08:21 | Football

Liverpool fans standing outside could not get on in time, leading to the match being postponed before the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Stade de France in Paris on May 28, 2022. Photo: AFP

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Liverpool fans standing outside could not get on in time, leading to the match being postponed before the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Stade de France in Paris on May 28, 2022. Photo: AFP

A leading group of Liverpool fans have called for a “full apology from the French Government” after a French Senate investigation found organizational errors were to blame for the chaos surrounding the match. Champions League final.

“We want the French Government to apologize in full with the complete retraction of lies that were made on their behalf and as of May 28, 2022, and will continue to lobby to achieve this.” there.”

Spirit of Shankly, a group of Liverpool fans

The match that started on May 28 was delayed as supporters tried to break through bottlenecks to reach the ground and were repelled by tear gas fired by French police.

Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin pointed the finger at Liverpool fans, claiming that up to 40,000 of them arrived at the stadium without tickets or fake tickets.

However, a fact-finding mission led by two senators found the problems were caused by a “chain of glitches” that included a lack of preparation by the French authorities and the security organizations implemented. poor exam.

For many Liverpool fans, the scene in Paris is reminiscent of the Hillsborough disaster when 97 fans were killed before the FA Cup semi-final in 1989.

Liverpool’s pro-Liverpool group, Spirit of Shankly, thanked the French Senate for its findings, but said it would continue to push for a full government apology and parliamentary inquiry.

The Spirit of Shankly said in a statement: “There is still the problem of persistently repeated lies.

“We want the French Government to apologize in full with the complete retraction of lies that were made on their behalf and as of May 28, 2022, and will continue to lobby to achieve this.” there.

“We also believe that only a full investigation by the French National Assembly, with sworn witnesses, will bring truth and justice and will continue to lobby to get there.”

The leader of Britain’s opposition Labor Party, Keir Starmer, has reiterated his call to apologize to fans.

“Every football fan should be safe when they come to the games,” Starmer said.

“I am pleased that the report of the French Senate has clearly removed any question of blaming Liverpool supporters. But the French government must also accept these findings and offer a full apology.”

Earlier this week, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said it was necessary to draw lessons from events outside the Stade de France for the big finals to come.

“People need to know about it, not because it will change anything for this game but it has to be changed for the next games, the big events, wherever it will be because of the supporters. households must be protected,” said the German coach.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Area, said much of “the heavy-handed treatment and behavior of the authorities” was “incorrect stereotypes about football fans”.

He added: “It needs to be addressed and it needs to be changed or else fans will continue to be harmed – especially from those intent on protecting them.”

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