Andy Robertson blasts UEFA for ruining Liverpool’s Champions League final
Andy Robertson led the backlash against UEFA and French police and accused them of ruining the biggest club game in world football.
Robertson has blasted the incompetence of the authorities which caused carnage at the Champions League final in Paris. Thousands of fans were unable to get into the Stade de France following ticket chaos ahead of Liverpool's 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid, which kicked off almost 40 minutes late.
Players' families were caught up in the shambles, which saw police fire tear gas at Liverpool supporters who also found themselves involved in dangerous crushes and forced to queue for up to five hours.
Liverpool have demanded an investigation into the trouble – and have the backing of the government and British police. Robertson believes the police panicked and that UEFA's lack of organisation wrecked the greatest occasion of them all.
One of his friends was accused of having a fake ticket and was only let into the stadium when a club representative went outside to help him.
Robertson said: "For me, it's the biggest game in world football, these situations shouldn’t be happening and unfortunately Uefa have messed up.
"The French police were heavy-handed. People who have got legitimate tickets being told they are fake tickets, which happened to one of my mates and I can assure you it wasn't a fake ticket, so when it comes to it, they have just panicked.
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"He luckily managed to get in because one of the club representatives sorted it, but they said it was a fake ticket which I can assure you it wasn't, so I think they were making it up at times and panicked. For me it shouldn't really happen. UEFA should have been better organised."
Liverpool fans' group 'Spirit of Shankly' labelled the scenes "totally shambolic and extremely dangerous".
Merseyside police deployed officers to work as observers and advisors and said events in the French capital were the "worst they had ever worked or experienced."
Culture secretary Nadine Dorries said: "I urge UEFA to launch a formal investigation into what went wrong and why. It is in the interests of everyone involved to understand what happened and to learn lessons from these events."
But French interior minister Gerald Darmanin tried to pin the blame on Liverpool fans and accused them of being violent. He said: "Thousands of British supporters without tickets or with counterfeit tickets forced entry and sometimes assaulted the stewards."
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