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France’s sports minister blamed Liverpool fans for arriving without valid tickets for the chaos in the Champions League final.

“The first was this massive meeting of English fans of the Liverpool club with no tickets or fake tickets,” said Amelie Oudea-Castera.

He spoke ahead of his meeting with UEFA and other officials to discuss scenes of violence that sparked criticism against the Paris police.

They sprayed tear gas and pepper spray repeatedly. Liverpool Fans waiting to enter the Paris stadium for their team’s 1-0 loss on Saturday. real Madrid.

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Fans climb the fence outside the Stade de France as some Liverpool fans are kept out until halftime

Ms Oudea-Castera said the meeting, involving the police, stadium officials and the French Football Federation, was held to “learn lessons” from the event.

He will hold a press conference later today.

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The UK has demanded a full investigation into what happened.

Culture Minister Nadine Dorries urged UEFA to launch an official investigation and said the images and statements from Liverpool fans and the media were “deeply worrying”.

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Labor MP Ian Byrne, who was in the Champions League final on Saturday, said fans were being treated “like animals”.

It is in the interest of all concerned to understand what happened and to learn from these events,” he said.

Some British MPs have expressed their support.

Minister Chris Philp said he was “horrified” to see photos of children and disabled fans being pepper sprayed, and was unaware of “any obvious reason”.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp greets fans as he collects his second-place medal
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has lost three of his four Champions League finals for which the team has coached.

He told Sky News’ Kay Burley: “We need UEFA to properly investigate what happened and get to the bottom of it.”

Liverpool West Derby Labor MP Ian Byrne was at the game in Paris and said he had never seen such scenes since the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, which killed 97 Liverpool fans after love at first sight at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield.

Champions League Final Liverpool v Rome.  Fans said the police used pepper spray
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Champions League Final Liverpool v Rome. Fans say officers used pepper spray ‘without provocation’ as they waited to enter the Stade de France

He said he saw a similar “lie narrative” beginning to form.

French police and European football’s governing body UEFA blamed Liverpool fans, but the club and Merseyside police disputed their calculations.

French Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin said ticketless British fans were causing delays, causing thousands of fans to stay outside the fence for hours.

UEFA said “thousands of fans” tried to enter with fake tickets that wouldn’t work at the turnstiles.

Liverpool fans look distraught as Real Madrid wins Champions League final
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Liverpool fans look distraught as Real Madrid wins Champions League final

Paris police station said he later “used force” to try to enter the area and asked others to do the same.

Mr Byrne wrote a letter to Foreign Minister Liz Truss, demanding an official investigation and an apology from UEFA and the French authorities.

“I think we need to make sure that the scenes we had on Saturday never happen again for any sporting occasion,” he told Sky News.

“The Stade de France organizes many different sports finals – Rugby World Cup, Olympics (2024).

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Tear gas was fired at Liverpool fans in a fan park in Paris after Liverpool’s defeat in the Champions League.

“We have to make sure that lessons are learned from what happened.”

In his letter, he said: “The French authorities and UEFA are just patting them on the back with this story.

“One of the scariest experiences of my life”

“As a Liverpool fan I was in Paris for the game and I can honestly say that the off-court situation was one of the scariest experiences of my life and as a Hillsborough survivor I don’t take that comment lightly.”

He called for an end to the treatment of football fans as “second-class citizens” and “animals”.

Liverpool FC and Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson have also called for an official investigation.

Merseyside Police observers said the majority of fans waiting outside the perimeter were behaving in an “exemplary” manner and that this did not require the use of tear gas.

Liverpool's Andrew Robertson looks dejected after winning his second-place medal after losing to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final at the Stade de France in Paris.  Picture date: Saturday, May 28, 2022.
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Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson looks dejected after winning his second-place medal after losing to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final at the Stade de France in Paris. Picture date: Saturday, May 28, 2022.

It is said that after the final whistle, the chemical was redeployed in the Cours de Vincennes supporters area.

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson told Sky Sports News that it was “not well organized” and that staff had mistakenly claimed that the ticket given to a friend was fake.

Defender Joel Matip’s pregnant brother and sister-in-law were reportedly forced to flee.