Soccer – Champions League Final – Liverpool vs. Real Madrid – Stade de France, Saint-Denis, near Paris, France – May 28, 2022 – General view of Liverpool fans in the stands alongside police officers and stewards.
(Reuters) – France’s sports ministry will meet police and European soccer officials on Monday to discuss the chaotic scenes at the Stade de France before and during Saturday’s Champions League final, it said. the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.
The final between Liverpool and Real Madrid started with a 35-minute delay after police tried to contain people trying to force their way into the French national stadium without tickets, while some ticket holders complained that they were not allowed to enter.
Reuters TV footage showed riot police chasing people out of the stadium as they fled and others being escorted away. Dozens of people forced their way into the stadium premises and others outside, including children, were tear-gassed by riot police, according to a Reuters witness.
European football’s governing body, UEFA, the French Football Federation (FFF) and the police will be present at the meeting.
Oudéa-Castéra said on Twitter that the purpose of the meeting was to analyze the incidents that had occurred and “learn lessons for our major sporting events.”
France will host the Olympic Games in 2024 and the Rugby World Cup in 2023.
British Sports Minister Nadine Dorries and Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan have called for the stadium scenes to be investigated.