January 30, 2023

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Real Madrid ask for "answers" after the Champions League final

Real Madrid ask for “answers” after the Champions League final

Real Madrid, the Spanish champions, have asked the organizers about the steps they have taken to protect fans at the final of the European Football Championship in the French capital this weekend.

The start of the match, which ended in a 1-0 victory for the Spanish champions, was delayed by more than half an hour as French police confronted a crowd of fans who wanted to force their way into the stadium.

Riot police fired tear gas at fans, including women and children.

And French Interior Minister Gerald Thurmannan attributed the majority to Liverpool fans, 30,000 or 40,000 of whom did not have valid tickets to the tournament, causing confusion.

Liverpool fans responded, most England fans acted responsibly, but the French riot police treated them harshly.

Real Madrid said in a statement: “We want to know what motivated us to choose the stadium to host the final and what happened that day, based on that choice.”

The European Champion added: Although the general behavior of the audience is sometimes exemplary, we ask for answers and explanations from those responsible for making the audience unsafe or insecure based on the images provided by the media. Many fans were attacked and subsequently harassed.

Real Madrid said their fans deserved to retaliate for everything that happened.

On Thursday, Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan called for an inquiry into the incident, saying the abuse had affected fans at both clubs.

The European Football Association (UEFA) has launched an independent inquiry into the incident, while French Sports Minister Emily Odia-Castro said on Monday that her country would release a report on the events within 10 days.

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