MADRID (AP) – Real Madrid said on Friday they wanted an explanation for the unrest that left their fans “left behind and defenseless” in the Champions League final.
The club demanded answers six days after problems arose at the Stade de France in the suburbs of Paris, where Madrid won the European title, defeating Liverpool 1-0.
“We demand answers and explanations to determine the culprits in the fact that the fans remained abandoned and defenseless,” – said in a statement Madrid. “Fans who have generally demonstrated exemplary behavior at all times.”
The Spanish club has questioned the decision to choose suburban Paris to replace the Russian city of St. Petersburg, which was originally supposed to host the final before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“We would like to know the reasons that led to the fact that this place was chosen for the finals, and the criteria that were used based on the experience of the day,” said Madrid.
Liverpool have already complained about those involved in organizing the event shortly after the final. The focus at the time was on access problems faced by fans of the English club, but later there were reports of riots on the part of Madrid.
The Spanish club was upset by the violence that took place outside the stadium after the game. It said that “what was supposed to be a great football festival” for fans, “quickly turned into a series of unfortunate events that caused outrage around the world.”
It referred to “exposing images” published by the media, which showed that several supporters had “attacked, harassed, attacked and robbed by force”. These events continued as they moved in their cars or buses, causing concern for their physical well-being. Some fans even had to spend the night in hospital due to injuries. “
Authorities said problems after the match were due to police being moved closer to the stadium gates to help disperse fans, leaving other areas unattended.
Liverpool said it had collected more than 5,000 testimonies from supporters who traveled to France. CEO Billy Hogan said he was “horrified at how some men, women, children – able-bodied, less able-bodied – were treated indiscriminately.”
Madrid defender Dani Carvajal has said it was a “pretty big mess” for his club’s fans and that security is not the property of fans or relatives of the players before and after the match.
According to the French Football Federation (FFF), 35,000 people without tickets or with “fake” tickets made their way to the Stade de France, creating a mess, blocking access to the stadium and not allowing fans who had real tickets to get on it.
The governing body of European football, UEFA, has also begun gathering evidence of problems outside the Stade de France that have overshadowed one of the world’s biggest sporting events.
“Football has given the world an image that is far from the values and goals it must pursue,” said Madrid. “Our fans and supporters deserve an answer, and the perpetrators must be brought to justice so that such events are eradicated from football and sports in general.”
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