French minister: British citizens among those arrested over Champions League trouble

30/5/2022 3:01:00 PM

French minister: British citizens among those arrested over Champions League trouble

French minister: British citizens among those arrested over Champions League trouble

PARIS (Reuters) - British citizens were among those arrested after crowd trouble broke out at last weekend's Champions League soccer final between Liverpool and Real Madrid, said France's Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Monday.

Darmanin said that out of the 29 or 30 or so people arrested at Paris' Stade de France last Saturday,"more than a half concerned British citizens.The final between Liverpool and Real Madrid kicked off with a 35-minute delay after police tried to hold back people attempting to force their way into the Stade de France without tickets, while some ticket holders complained they were not let in.for the latest news you need to know.05- 29- 2022 05:39 PM This grab taken from an AFP video shows the police intervening as fans climb the fence of the Stade de France before the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on May 28, 2022.

" He added there had been an"industrial-scale" level of selling fake tickets, which in turn had caused Liverpool fans to turn up en masse without valid tickets.France's sports minister said on Monday that Liverpool fans without valid tickets were responsible for the initial crowd problems at the Champions League final, with the problem then exacerbated by local youths trying to force their way in to the game.Other people outside, including children, were tear-gassed by riot police, a Reuters witness said.[L1N2XM09H] Liverpool Chief Executive Billy Hogan said the club wanted a"transparent investigation" by governing body UEFA.The delay to the game and the chaotic scenes outside the Stade de France in Paris — where French police used tear gas to disperse fans — was not what the French capital wanted just two years before it hosts the Olympics.Britain's minister for sport, Nadine Dorries, also urged UEFA to investigate.European soccer's governing body UEFA blamed fake tickets for causing the issue and said it would review the events together with the French authorities and the French Football Federation, in a statement welcomed by the British ambassador in Paris, Menna Rawlings.(Reporting by Tassilo Hummel; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta) Article type: metered.European football governing body UEFA blamed “fake tickets which did not work in the turnstiles” for the 35-minute delay to the final.

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