Champions League final: CCTV footage removed | Paris police chief apologizes for gassing Liverpool supporters | Soccer News
CCTV footage of the Stade de France from the night of the Champions League final has already been deleted, a French Football Federation official has confirmed.
Liverpool fans were blamed by French authorities for the chaos off the pitch ahead of the 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid which saw thousands of supporters locked out and then tear gassed by police.
French Sports Minister Amélie Oudea-Castera and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin both blamed fans without tickets or supporters with fakes trying to get in, however, there were many testimonies eyes from major congestion issues approaching the stadium and patient fans being locked out for nearly an hour as problems with ticket scanning escalated.
After the match, local gangs then assaulted and robbed fans returning to coaches and trains. But there is no video evidence to back this up as it has already been destroyed due to an apparent failure by authorities to request copies.
“The images are available for seven days. They are then automatically destroyed,” said Erwan Le Prevost, director of institutional relations at the FFF, during a French Senate hearing on the events.
“We should have had a requisition to provide them to the different populations (organizations). The images are extremely violent.”
The chairman of the Senate law commission, François-Noël Buffet, admitted that if they had not correctly requested the maintenance of video surveillance, it “would be a serious problem from our point of view”.
‘CCTV footage deleted? It’s really worrying
Liverpool Metropolitan Mayor Steve Rotheram said the missing footage was just another similarity to how the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, in which 97 fans died, was handled by authorities.
“The deleted CCTV footage? It’s really worrying. I don’t understand why (it was deleted), when we want to know what happened. It shows very clearly that there is a real problem. I’m shocked to be honest,” he said. by video link.
“The problem of the organization does not come from the tickets or the false accusations against the supporters.
“Everything degenerated as soon as the Metros (stations) left. Ms. Oudéa-Castera and Mr. Darmanin set up a false version which serves the interests of the French authorities.
“It’s like with the Hillsborough disaster, we blame it on the fans. There’s no evidence of what Darmanin says about the counterfeit tickets.
“It’s ridiculous to say that there were so many counterfeits. If the situation weren’t so bad, I would laugh about it.”
Paris police chief apologizes for gassing Liverpool fans in CL final
Earlier in the hearing, the Paris police chief, Didier Lallement, had admitted that the management of the final was “obviously a failure, because people were jostled or attacked when they were owed security”.
Lallement apologized for the tear gas fans, who were waiting to enter the Champions League final at the Stade de France.
Speaking in the French Senate on Thursday, he said he was sorry for allowing the use of tear gas, but felt he had no other choice under the circumstances.
Lallement said, “It’s obviously a failure. It was a failure because people were pushed around and attacked. It was a failure because the country’s image was undermined.”
Lallement also admitted that his first estimate of 30,000 to 40,000 fans without tickets or with fake tickets was likely inaccurate.
“Maybe I was wrong,” he said. “Whether there were 40,000, 30,000 or 20,000, it didn’t change the fact that there were tens of thousands of people who couldn’t fit in.”
Lallement also admitted that his decision to remove a filtration barrier to prevent traffic jams had apparently allowed “undesirables” without tickets to make their way to the stadium gates.
“There were 300 or 400 people who didn’t seem to be supporters. I don’t know if they were people from the housing estates around the stadium,” he added.
“Is this a type of delinquent population that we meet in Seine-Saint-Denis? Yes, it happens, but we also meet some in the north of Paris.”
Liverpool to meet UEFA CL final exam chairman
Police chief Lallement’s apology came after it was revealed Liverpool officials would meet with the chairman of the UEFA review over the issues in the Champions League final in a bid to s to ensure that the process would be completely independent.
European football’s governing body has appointed Portuguese politician Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues to lead an investigation into the circumstances which saw huge congestion issues which led to the exclusion of thousands of supporters from the Stade de France and to some tear gas by the police before Real. Madrid win 1-0.
However, it has been suggested that Rodrigues has links to UEFA President Aleksandar Ceferin and Liverpool are said to be keen to verify the independence and scope of his review.
Officials also want full explanations of 13 questions they submitted to UEFA, only some of which have been partially answered, and details of the experts who will take part in the panel before they can decide if Rodrigues is the right fit for the job. lead the review. .
It is understood that UEFA, which has pledged unconditional access to its files and personnel, explained its justification for Rodrigues’ appointment but did not provide specific answers to questions posed by the club.
Liverpool hope a meeting with the chairman of the review panel, who will also meet with Real Madrid officials separately, will provide more detailed answers.
Sources say they want to establish that the process will be a thorough, independent and transparent investigation, as they are unconvinced by the terminology “independent review”.
In the meantime, the club will meet trusted supporters Spirit of Shankly on Thursday to discuss issues surrounding the Champions League final, among other things.