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Champions League Final Kick-Off Delayed Due To Dangerous Scenes Outside Ground

Champions League Final Kick-Off Delayed Due To Dangerous Scenes Outside Ground
By Gary Connaughton
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The kick-off time for this evening's Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid was delayed due to a struggle to get fans inside the stadium for the game.

There were some dangerous looking scenes outside the ground as supporters attempted to make their way into the Stade de France.

Police were attempting to usher people inside the ground, but with fears for the safety of those involved, the decision was taken to delay the match until 9:15pm local time.

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A number of people who were outside the ground at the time were concerned with what they were witnessing.





It has been rumoured that a number of supporters without fans attempted to gain access to the stadium, which added to the issue.

However, it seems that the poor organisation of the route for supporters has also played a large part in the game being delayed.


This Liverpool fan described the poor way the game had been policed, while his travelling companion said that it was far worse than he had seen at other Champions League finals.

It's absolutely horrendous.

It's a bottleneck down there. There's literally a six-foot gap for 20,000 Liverpool fans to get in. We've been absolutely push and pilloried to the place.

I've got an 82-year old father-in-law here and it's just madness. There are thousands out here behind us.

It would soon be confirmed that French police had used tear gas on some Liverpool supporters, with those on the scene claiming that those involved were very harshly treated.

BBC reporter Nick Parrott said the force used by French police was completely unnecessary.

Journalist Dominic King emphasised that the Liverpool fans were not in the wrong in this situation.

While the full details of what occurred have yet to be confirmed, this does not reflect well on the organisers. The Champions League final between these two sides back in 2018 featured little crowd trouble, meaning you would not expect much unruly behaviour amongst the supporters.

Not what you need on football's biggest stage.

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