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Champions League final: “complete failure”, “extremely disappointed” … the reactions are linked after the overflows

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The Champions League final was eventful on Saturday May 28, and not just on the pitch. After the overflows near the Stade de France in Seine-Saint-Denis, Minister Gérard Darmanin denounced the thousands of British supporters who came without a ticket and sought to force entry. A declaration which did not fail to react in the political sphere like across the Channel…

The prestigious Champions League final, hosted in Paris on Saturday May 28, was marked by scenes of chaos around the Stade de France. Fans present and AFP journalists noted before the match the presence of gangs of young people and unidentified local football fans trying to enter the enclosure without a ticket. The police intervened, dispersing the crowd and passing supporters, including families, with tear gas.

UEFA maintains the mess was caused by a bottlenecking ‘counterfeit tickets’ issue. As soon as the match ended, the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, pointed out on Saturday evening the attitude of “thousands of British ‘supporters’, without tickets or with fake tickets, who forced entry” of the Stade de France.

With @AOC1978, at the Stade de France security headquarters. Thousands of British “supporters”, without tickets or with counterfeit tickets, forced entry and sometimes assaulted the stewards. Thank you to the very many police forces mobilized this evening in this difficult context.

— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) May 28, 2022

The minister’s denunciation was the subject of strong reactions from the side of the political sphere, particularly from the extreme right, and from the side of the English supporters themselves.

A “lamentable” organization, a “complete failure”

Questioned by the RTL-Le Figaro-LCI Grand Jury, the leader of the National Rally Marine Le Pen expressed a “feeling of humiliation because we are watched by the whole world and all the capitals who have seen this have found that France was no longer in the capacity to organize large demonstrations without them degenerating”. The presidential finalist denounced the “incompetence” of Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin and Paris police chief Didier Lallement.

Same observation with the leader of La France insoumise: “The image is lamentable, it is worrying because we can clearly see that we are not prepared for events like the Olympic Games, launched Jean-Luc Mélenchon on BFMTV “It’s a complete failure of the police strategy,” he argued. “The role of the police is to prevent things from going wrong, but there, on the contrary, they made things worse. “, said the leader of the Insoumis.

“We must remember the context. This final should have been held in Russia” and France organized it “in barely three months” instead of a year, pleaded, for her part, on RMC the deputy LAREM- Renaissance, Aurore Bergé. But “there were no difficulties in the fan zones”, she assured, calling for “a cold look at what happened”, so as not to draw erroneous conclusions about potential organizational weaknesses. French authorities. The member nevertheless wanted to condemn “unacceptable behavior” which must lead “to firm and exemplary criminal sanctions”.

As a reminder, the security system – 6,800 police officers, gendarmes and firefighters and a large number of private security agents – was to serve as a test for the Rugby World Cup, organized by France in 2023 and for the Paris Olympics, the year next.

“Exemplary” supporters

On the other side of the Channel, the tweet from the Minister of the Interior also aroused strong reactions. By making them bear the responsibility for the scuffles, Gérald Darmanin has drawn the ire of supporters and the English authorities. “We are extremely disappointed with the access issues and perimeter breaches suffered by Liverpool supporters,” English club Liverpool said in a statement.

Between the police charges before and after the match and these accusations deemed unfounded, Liverpool supporters, who have not been considered problematic for thirty years, have been ulcerated by the Parisian reception. British Merseyside-Liverpool police present at the stadium spoke on Twitter of “shocking circumstances” and defended the “exemplary” behavior of Reds supporters during the match, “the worst” they say they have ever had to do in terms of ‘organization.

Around the Stade de France, or in the fan zone in eastern Paris where there were tens of thousands to follow the broadcast, British fans did not pose a security problem, noted AFP journalists. In this area, which is high risk, flow management took place without incident, the atmosphere remaining festive and good-natured throughout.

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