Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher has revealed that his family were tear gassed as they left the Stade de France on Saturday evening after the Reds had lost 1-0 to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. And the ex-defender has blamed UEFA after Europe’s showpiece event was marred by chaotic scenes in Paris as the start of the match was delayed by over half an hour.
“Tough one to take last night but credit to Real Madrid, their name was on the cup after the CL run they’ve been on,” Carragher wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning. “@LFC have lost 4/63 this season so you can’t really ask for much more than that. Friends & family tear gassed on the way out, shocking set up @UEFA.”
Tear gas, pepper spray, batons and shields were used by the French police to disperse supporters ahead of kick-off as Liverpool fans struggled to get into the stadium. UEFA blamed the trouble on supporters attempting to gain entry with “fake” tickets. But there were more horrendous scenes after the game had come to an end and fans had left the stadium.
Liverpool endured a disappointing night on the pitch as they failed to find a way past Real Madrid’s inspired goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The ex-Chelsea ace kept out a whole host of efforts from Mohamed Salah and also tipped an attempt from Sadio Mane onto the post.
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And following the match, Liverpool released a statement as they called for an investigation. “We are hugely disappointed at the stadium entry issues and breakdown of the security perimeter that Liverpool fans faced this evening at Stade de France,” the statement read.
“This is the greatest match in European football and supporters should not have to experience the scenes we have witnessed tonight. We have officially requested a formal investigation into the causes of these unacceptable issues.”
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