French minister blames Liverpool fans for stadium chaos

French minister blames Liverpool fans for stadium chaos

The French Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin has blamed Liverpool fans for the chaos witnessed before the Champions Final on Saturday night.

The clash staged in Paris was delayed by half an hour after fans without tickets arrived at the stadium minutes to Kick Off with others said to have jumped over the fence and attacked stewards outside the stadium.

In a statement, Darmanin said: "Thousands of British 'supporters', without tickets or with counterfeit tickets, forced entry and sometimes assaulted the stewards. Thank you to the very many police forces mobilized this evening in this difficult context."

Footage which appeared to have been taken after the game, which Real Madrid won by a single goal, showed Liverpool supporters being 'attacked' by riot police.

Several heavily armed officers were filmed hitting supporters at one of the dedicated fan zones in the east of Paris, with a woman seen among the victims of the police violence, despite appearing to be unprovoked.

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