Liverpool collects more than 5,000 “horrifying” testimonies from fans who attended the Champions League final, with shocking new details revealing that people with disabilities were among those brutalized by French police.
- Anfield officials are doing their best to compile a body of evidence to illustrate just how brutal the French police were in the Champions League final.
- UEFA announced on Monday that it has commissioned an independent review.
- Liverpool are conducting their own investigation and have created a database for fans to contact and provide their own testimonials about the treatment in Paris.
- The reds were amazed by the number of responses they received in the first 24 hours
Liverpool have been inundated with more than 5,000 first-hand testimonials from fans with their experiences in the Champions League final described as horrific.
Anfield officials are doing their best to compile a body of evidence to illustrate just how brutal the French police were at the Stade de France and how shocking the organization around the event led to their fans putting themselves in positions of harm.
A shocking new detail is the demographics of those who were brutalized, including people with disabilities.
Although UEFA announced on Monday that it has commissioned an independent review, to be led by Portuguese Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues, Liverpool are carrying out their own investigation and revealed later on Monday night that they had created a database to Get fans in touch.
Such is the depth of feeling on the subject, and how many people have been affected, Liverpool were astonished by the number of responses they received in the first 24 hours; Billy Hogan, the club’s chief executive, has looked at many and is appalled at what he has read.
Hogan said: ‘Honestly, I am appalled at the way some men, women, children, able-bodied, able-bodied, have been treated indiscriminately over the course of Saturday. I think the volume of forms completed in the last 24 hours really shows how fans want to support the process.
Liverpool have been inundated with more than 5,000 first-hand accounts from fans of their experiences at the Champions League final in Paris last Saturday night.
Anfield officials are doing their best to collect a body of evidence to illustrate just how brutal the French police were at the Stade de France.
“We want to collect real evidence of what happened before and after the start. I think it is important to recognize that we have all correctly focused on the problems of access to the Stade de France; I think it’s also important that we don’t lose sight of what happened after the game.
We have all seen videos, photos. I’ve also read a number of stories of absolutely horrible experiences leaving the stadium: crimes committed, robberies.
‘No one should experience what our fans experienced before or after the game. In our minds, obviously this is totally unacceptable.’
sports mail has spoken to many fans who had gone to Paris for what should have been the trip of a lifetime, but all accounts have been overwhelmingly negative, including a father and son who were in the fan park six miles from the stadium and they were tear gassed for no reason at the final whistle.
The demographic of those who were brutalized included people with disabilities.
Billy Hogan (left), CEO, has looked at many and is horrified by what he has read.
The way in which the French government tried to create a narrative that Liverpool fans were responsible for causing the chaos angered Hogan and his colleagues, so much so that Chairman Tom Werner wrote to the French Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera demanding apologies.
It hasn’t all been confrontational on the part of leading French politicians and on Tuesday, Richard Bouige, deputy mayor of Paris’s 12th arrondissement, where Liverpool’s fan zone took place, wrote to leading fan group Spirit of Shankly to express your dismay at what happened.
Bouige lamented the dysfunctional organization at the Stade de France and confirmed that hosting 45,000 fans in the 12th arrondissement had not caused any problems. That is why Liverpool are so determined to act.
“We’ve filled out and submitted over 5,000 forms, which is really amazing,” Hogan said. ‘It has been incredibly difficult in certain cases to read some of the experiences. It’s incredibly important that everyone keep talking and sharing their experience.
“Once we know that the independent investigation is underway and in the right way, it’s important for everyone to contribute as much evidence as possible.”
Tom Werner wrote to the French Sports Minister to Amelie Oudea-Castera demanding an apology