French minister takes dig at Klopp over Champions League chaos

30/5/2022 8:43:00 PM

French minister takes dig at Klopp over Champions League chaos

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French minister takes dig at Klopp over Champions League chaos

PARIS, May 30 — French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin today highlighted English clubs’ history of crowd problems and took a dig at Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp as he sought...

Monday, 30 May 2022 11:36 PM MYTPARIS, May 30 — French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin today highlighted English clubs’ history of crowd problems and took a dig at Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp as he sought to explain the chaos at this weekend’s Champions League final in Paris.

Darmanin dismissed criticism of the French police, saying their actions had saved lives, and said any doubts about France’s ability to organise the Rugby World Cup next year and the Olympics in 2024 were unfounded.“The comparison with the Rugby World Cup and the Olympics seems to be rather disproportionate for me, given that obviously it is only with football, and singularly only with football and with certain English clubs, that there are these events,” he told a press conference.

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for the latest news you need to know.for the latest news you need to know.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.

Monday, 30 May 2022 11:36 PM MYT PARIS, May 30 — French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin today highlighted English clubs’ history of crowd problems and took a dig at Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp as he sought to explain the chaos at this weekend’s Champions League final in Paris. Darmanin dismissed criticism of the French police, saying their actions had saved lives, and said any doubts about France’s ability to organise the Rugby World Cup next year and the Olympics in 2024 were unfounded. Real Madrid won the game 1-0 to lift their 14th European Cup, but the night will be remembered for the unsavoury scenes outside the stadium. “The comparison with the Rugby World Cup and the Olympics seems to be rather disproportionate for me, given that obviously it is only with football, and singularly only with football and with certain English clubs, that there are these events,” he told a press conference. 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. He claimed there had been “the same problems” during the Liverpool-Tottenham Champions League final in Madrid in 2019, and noted that Klopp had encouraged Liverpool supporters to travel to the French capital for Sunday’s game. Fans were targeted by tear gas as police tried to disperse the crowds. “I remind you that the Liverpool coach several days ago — and it’s public — called on supporters to come to France even without a ticket,” Darmanin said. European football governing body UEFA blamed “fake tickets which did not work in the turnstiles” for the 35-minute delay to the final.

This had contributed to the disorder on Saturday night, Darmanin suggested, when 30,000 to 40,000 supporters travelled to the Stade de France stadium north of Paris either without a ticket or with fake ones. “I heard a few things that were not good, not nice. But Liverpool said they were “hugely disappointed” that their supporters had been subjected to an “unacceptable” breakdown of the security perimeter. Darmanin said there had been “massive, industrial-scale” counterfeiting that had been encouraged by Liverpool’s request for paper tickets for their supporters, instead of electronic ones. The paper tickets “had without doubt contributed to the massive and industrial fraud,” with the counterfeited tickets being “absolutely identical and not identifiable” as fakes unless stadium staff checked them with special detector pens.” In a statement Liverpool called for a “formal investigation” into the security failings. The French minister acknowledged that “not everything had been perfect,” saying he had seen several videos in which individual officers were shown making use of teargas in an inappropriate fashion.. But he added: “I find it rather low and inappropriate to criticise not only the police but also individually the police prefect,” he said, referring to Paris police chief Didier Lallement who is in charge of security in the capital. Once the action got underway, Liverpool failed to round off a spectacular season as the Reds were denied by a string of stunning saves by Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois..

In early May, Klopp encouraged Liverpool fans to travel to the French capital despite club guidance being that ticketless supporters should not make the journey. “I think Paris is big enough to go there without a ticket and have a good time. “When the goalkeeper is man of the match then something is going wrong for the other team,” added Klopp.” “From party to fiasco,” said France’s leading sports daily L’Equipe . Behave yourself but be in the best possible mood,” he said. — AFP Advertisement .” Despite the disappointment, Klopp called on Liverpool fans to take to the streets of the city on Sunday when they parade the League Cup and FA Cup.