France’s sports ministry to meet police, UEFA over Champions League final chaos

 France’s sports ministry to meet police, UEFA over Champions League final chaos


May 30 (Reuters) – France’s sports ministry will meet with police and soccer officials on Monday to discuss the tumultuous scenes at the Stade de France before and during Saturday’s Champions League final, the sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera said.

The final between Liverpool and Real Madrid began with a 35-minute delay after police tried to stop people who tried to force their entry into the French national stadium without tickets, while some were holding on the ticket complained that they were not admitted. Read more

Reuters TV footage showed riot police chasing people outside the stadium as they ran and others were escorted. Dozens of individuals were forced to enter the stadium area and others outside, including children, were tear-gassed by riot police, a Reuters witness said.

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European soccer’s governing body UEFA, the football federation (FFF) of France and police will attend the meeting.

Oudea-Castera said Twitter that the purpose of the meeting was to analyze the incidents that took place and “learn lessons for our major game activities”.

France will host the Olympic Games in 2024 and the Rugby World Cup in 2023.

British sport minister Nadine Dorries and Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan have called for an investigation into the stadium scenes. read more

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Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Edited by Peter Rutherford

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