Liverpool and Real Madrid fans caught up in the mayhem at Champions League final in Paris are urged to file complaints to the French authorities
- French police fired tear gas and pepper spray at fans outside the stadium ahead of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid
- There were also reports of sexual assaults and muggings by local gangs
- UEFA has apologised to all fans affected by the chaotic events last month
Fans of Liverpool and Real Madrid who were victims of crime during the Champions League final in Paris have been asked to file complaints to the French authorities.
There were reports of sexual assaults and muggings by local gangs as well as fans being tear-gassed by police.
UEFA have launched an investigation, while the French Embassy in the UK has urged victims to get in touch.
Liverpool and Real Madrid fans were teargassed by police outside the Stade de France ahead of the Champions League final – with VIP guests also reportedly caught up in the chaos
The move follows a special investigation by the Mail on Sunday revealed how the complete breakdown of law and order outside the stadium before and after the final almost led to fatalities.
Experts said Liverpool supporters caught up in crush conditions while queuing to get inside only avoided serious injury, or worse, because of the memory of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 97 of their fans died, led to them showing patience and restraint.
A massive IT failure contributed to the chaos, contradicting the accounts of the French police and government, who sought to blame the scenes on thousands of Liverpool fans with counterfeit tickets.
UEFA has ‘sincerely’ apologised to all fans affected by the chaotic events late last month and an independent investigation has been launched
Fans of both Liverpool and Real were subject to brutal violence by roaming gangs of Parisian youths, causing a major political issue for President Emmanuel Macron with the Olympics only two years away.
Gangs – some armed with iron bars – mugged and assaulted fans despite the strong police presence, while some climbed barriers and fences to get into the match.
Police tactics in kettling fans into a narrow corridor created a death trap and could have resulted in serial fatalities within minutes.
French authorities have tried to blame the chaos on Liverpool fans with counterfeit tickets
French police fired tear gas and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters outside the stadium