Liverpool have had an amazing response to their request for fan experiences in Paris, with more than 5,000 accounts of violence, assaults and attacks.
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Liverpool have had an amazing response to their call for fans to share their painful experiences in Paris over the weekend.
More than five thousand accounts of horrific french police violence, kettling crush and attacks in and around the Stade de France in the French capital have occurred in less than 24 hours. That’s a quarter of the Reds’ total allocation for the Champions League ending, showing just how widespread the incidents were as the situation descended into chaos and carnage.
Liverpool aired the call across all of its public channels on Monday as it seeks to build a significant dossier of evidence before possible legal action on behalf of its supporters. They have also reacted angrily to further accusations from the French governmentwho on Tuesday reiterated his claims that the chaos was caused by “massive, organized fraud on an industrial scale” by Liverpool fans using fake tickets.
The claim was made by Gerald Darmanin, the interior minister of the French government. Darmanin claimed that the surveillance of the finale was “a complete success”, because “there were no serious injuries or loss of life”, despite mounting evidence that a police kettling operation almost caused a tragedy.
The minister also claimed that “70 per cent of Liverpool fans in the final had fake tickets” and were removed by police at their first security cordon. But thousands of eyewitnesses have confirmed that there were no security checks at the first cordon, making it impossible to tell if someone had fake tickets.
And in the same statement, Darmanin also admitted that the police lifted the first security cordon they created, due to the threat to life, as they reduced 20,000 fans to a single line. That meant there were no security checkpoints, allowing fans to make their way around a tight cordon to doors that were either fully locked or operated with a single twist.
French authorities also revealed that almost 3,000 valid Liverpool tickets were NOT activated that night, meaning that potentially almost a seventh of English fans were denied legitimate access by faulty machines or by the police.
Darmanin also claimed that the problems were exacerbated because Liverpool had applied for paper tickets, even though these were much more difficult to replicate, and there were incidents of home fans going through security with photos of e-tickets. Liverpool will now keep their fan channels open for further feedback and closely study all responses to build the most powerful dossier of evidence to take to the French government, and quite possibly to court.
They are determined to get a reward for the night that became a nightmare for many of their supporters and became the most serious situation in football for many years.