Supporters 'tear gassed' and denied entry to Champions League final in Paris
There were reports of "chaos" and a "big bottleneck".
Fans were reportedly tear gassed outside the Stade de France and denied entry to the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.
Kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes as supporters making their way to the stadium for the match were caught up in "chaos" and a "big bottleneck".
According to reports, the gates were shut with a host of fans still waiting to get into the ground, with Andy Kelly tweeting: "Fans queuing outside with tickets for a gate that’s been shut for no reason just been tear gassed. Throughly unpleasant experience and so dangerous. This isn’t how fans should be treated in a civilised society. Unacceptable".
Fans queuing outside with tickets for a gate that’s been shut for no reason just been tear gassed. Throughly unpleasant experience and so dangerous. This isn’t how fans should be treated in a civilised society. Unacceptable
— Andy Kelly (@AndyK_LivNews) May 28, 2022
Video footage shows thousands of fans situated outside the stadium, seemingly being stopped from gaining entry.
Closed gate for no reason. No explanation from stewards. Can’t get in at any other gates.
European cup final, with tickets costing up to £550. pic.twitter.com/5UwAA2c0tl
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) May 28, 2022
— Paul Senior🥤 (@PaulSenior1) May 28, 2022
Sergios Santos wrote: "I've been to quite a few Champions League, Euro Cup and World Cup finals. What is happening at the Stade de France I have never seen before. There are groups of French around the stadium attacking and robbing the fans. I'm not talking about hearsay, I've seen it myself."
He estado en bastantes finales de Champions, Eurocopas y Mundiales.
Lo que está pasando en el Stade de France no lo vi nunca antes.
Hay grupos de franceses en los alrededores del estadio agrediendo y robando a los aficionados.
No hablo de oídas, lo he visto yo.
— Sergio Santos (@Santos_Relevo) May 28, 2022
Other video footage shows people climbing over the gates and into the stadium's perimeters.
A source inside the stadium told JOE: "It's dangerous outside. They shut the gates at the Liverpool end with thousands still outside. Loads of empty seats in Liverpool end."
Mark Ogden tweeted a video of supporters being pepper sprayed outside the Stade de France, with many covering their eyes.
Pepper spraying fans outside stadium in Paris pic.twitter.com/drgzEpR9gD
— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) May 28, 2022