Real Madrid fan proves French authorities wrong by backing Liverpool supporters in Stade de France fiasco | Soccer

Fans were accused of being late for the UEFA Champions League final, but Real Madrid and Liverpool fans proved the claim wrong.

A A Real Madrid fan made an explosive statement before the French Senate in Paris on Tuesday afternoon, proving that some of the country’s most powerful authorities were lying about what happened at the UEFA Champions League final.

Football fans attending May’s game between Los Blancos and Liverpool at the Stade de France were tear-gassed by French riot police, forced into dangerous scrums outside the stadium and by gangs of local criminals in a shameful night for European football and UEFA raid .

As a result, French officials, including Home Secretary Gérald Darmanin, Sport Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra and Paris Police Chief Didier Lallement tried to blame the ‘English’ Liverpool supporters for the carnage, claiming the fans were too late crowded without tickets and too drunk without providing a single piece of evidence to back up their claims.

Before fans spoke on Tuesday, UEFA CEO Martin Kallen repeated the French state’s claims that ticketless fans caused the problems at European football’s flagship event, again without providing a shred of the evidence to support his version of events to substantiate.

In contrast, Liverpool supporters, on behalf of the French authorities, have posted masses of video evidence online showing serious organizational and security failings. On Tuesday in the Senate, disabled supporter Ted Morris gave a harrowing account of the trauma suffered by fans, which one senator called “apocalyptic.”

Senate Inquiry Vice-Chairman Francois-Noel Buffet even preceded fans’ statements by saying: “English football fans were not at the root of these problems. Let’s make that clear. They showed great control in a chaotic environment.”

One of the main arguments the French authorities have tried to use to blame Liverpool fans is that there were no problems at the end of Real Madrid’s stadium. That notion was utterly torn apart by Real Madrid fan Emilio Dumas, who delivered a raging reply in perfect French.

Dumas introduced himself to the Senate, Britain’s upper house, by declaring that he was half Spanish, half French and had been a Real Madrid member for almost thirty years.

“I’ve been to two other Champions League finals in Paris,” Dumas explained. “A total of eight. I’ve never experienced anything like this time. I don’t understand Home Secretary Gérald Darmanin’s account at all.”


The head of the French Senate Judiciary Committee, Francois-Noel Buffet, has categorically stated that Liverpool fans are not to blame for the disorder at the Stade de France. (Photo by Daniel Pier/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Dumas’ testimony reinforced the arguments made by Liverpool supporters since the game and the speeches made by Morris and Spirit of Shankly fan union leader Joe Blott in the Senate on Tuesday.

The 59-year-old sales manager also took offense at the game, which took place in Saint-Denis, an area with high levels of violent crime, and said local young adults stole bags, caused problems entering the stadium and sexually harassed female fans.

“Why this game at the Stade de France?” asked Dumas. ‘Why in such a dangerous area as Saint-Denis? I was afraid for myself and my friends. I am ashamed of France and its reputation around the world. That is unacceptable in a country like France.

The Stade de France is located in Saint-Denis, part of the greater Paris area. (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP via Getty Images)

“There was no signage or information to access the stadium. There was already a clear lack of organization. For elderly and disabled people there was a big problem at the turnstiles. It was very dangerous. The line at Gate N was about 300 meters long. Among us were young adults from the area. They were still stealing and aggressive.”

Dumas also supported Liverpool fans’ testimony of post-match violence when local gangs attacked and stole from fans with no police presence.

“A lot of young pickpockets have been robbed by Real Madrid fans,” Dumas said. “For example, a friend’s father had his phone stolen. In our fan park there were a lot of young locals who weren’t Real Madrid fans. They attacked and harassed some female fans and young women.

“Our team won, but we were more worried than happy. Danger threatened outside after the game. I have never seen such a passive and inactive attitude from a police force as after the game at the Stade de France.”

The French Senate’s investigation is ongoing. UEFA’s conclusions are due to be published in September, although Kallen’s highly controversial statement will do little to allay concerns among football fans across Europe about a cover-up by authorities.

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