A UEFA-commissioned review about how Liverpool fans were treated outside the Champions League final is set to find the failings “almost led to a disaster”, it has been reported. Faults by European football’s governing body and French authorities’ failure to carry out a venue risk assessment are blamed for what happened, Sky News says.
Express.co.uk has not seen the report as it has not yet been published, but it is understood that French police will be criticized in the document for firing tear gas and pepper spray on concourses near turnstiles being used by Liverpool supporters.
This led to crushing happening around the security barriers at the Stade de France before the match against Real Madrid.
According to Sky News, the French authorities are set to be slated for deflecting responsibility, particularly around how it was falsely claimed that there were a lot of fans trying to get in to the ground without tickets or with fakes.
And it is believed that the police are going to be criticized for not being proactive enough in intervening when locals – who tried to scramble over fences and jump the turnstiles – attacked fans.
They are also said to have been over-reliant on using teargas and pepper spray on fans who were not to blame for what was happening.
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