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UEFA apologise to fans affected by Champions League final fiasco

UEFA has issued an apology to supporters affected by last weekend's frightening scenes at the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Paris.

The final was delayed by 36 minutes as Liverpool fans were stuck outside the stadium with photos and video showing police pepper-spraying supporters in the build-up to the game.

Some fans were unable to gain access to the stadium despite having genuine tickets while UEFA blamed the kick-off delay on Liverpool fans turning up late.

UEFA said via a statement on Friday: “UEFA wishes to sincerely apologise to all spectators who had to experience or witness frightening and distressing events in the build-up to the UEFA Champions League final at the Stade de France on 28 May 2022 in Paris, on a night, which should have been a celebration of European club football.

“No football fan should be put in that situation, and it must not happen again.”

UEFA has commissioned an independent report into “events surrounding” the final.

The review will be led by Portugal's Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues. It will aim to understand what occurred in the build-up to the final and what lessons should be learned ahead of future major events.

The Athletic has detailed a special report on what happened around the Stade de France with first-hand accounts from those who were there.

Real Madrid won their 14th European Cup thanks to a winner by Vinicius in the 59th minute.

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