“Your statement means NOTHING. Your lies continue’: Liverpool fans condemn UEFA’s ‘sincere apology’ for the chaos in the Champions League final after the beating governing body failed to accept it was wrong.
- UEFA has issued a belated apology for disturbing scenes ahead of the final
- But they didn’t apologize for initially blaming supporters’ ‘late arrival’
- Sir Kenny Dalglish was among those to criticize UEFA’s statement on Friday
- Fans were given tear gas and pepper spray outside the Stade de France
Liverpool fans have criticized UEFA for not accepting that it was wrong to blame supporters for the chaos that took place before the Champions League final in its ‘sincere apology’ for the disorder outside the Stade de France.
A large number of Liverpool supporters criticized the besieged European governing body, which belatedly apologized ‘to all onlookers who witnessed or witnessed terrifying and disturbing events’ – where fans, including women and children, were treated with tear gas prior to the performance and sprayed with pepper spray. to the match in Paris.
UEFA did not apologize for initially blaming the ‘late arrival’ of fans, who had arrived at the stadium thousands of hours before kick-off, for the scenes that marred the match – a fact that Liverpool supporters did not miss.
Liverpool legends and supporters criticized UEFA for their statement about the chaos in Paris
That message was shown both on the ground and on social media and remains on UEFA’s social media accounts for nearly a week after the final.
“This is a start, but there is still a long way to go,” Sir Kenny Dalglish wrote on Twitter. “This apology does not cover the false report about the late kick-off, events in the fan park or what happened next.”
Liverpool supporters’ union Spirit of Shankly added: ‘Your apologies mean nothing as long as your initial lies and accusations continue on your website and social media – they must be withdrawn immediately!’
Dalglish’s daughter, Kelly Cates, quoted a Tweet containing an article about UEFA’s apology, writing: ‘Not for the ‘arriving late’ lies?’
UEFA issued a ‘sincere’ apology to all fans affected by Saturday’s chaotic events on Friday
French police fired tear gas and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters outside the stadium
UEFA initially blamed the late arrival of fans for the disturbing scenes ahead of the final
Gareth Roberts, founder of the podcast The Anfield Wrap, was among the other supporters who criticized UEFA.
“What about the sincere apologies for the lies about the fans being broadcast around the world – during and after the game – as a result of UEFA?” Robert wrote.
“What about what happened *after* the game, and how people were treated then?”
Liverpool are outraged by the allegations thrown from the French government and it was doubtful whether the obsequious words coming out of UEFA headquarters in Nyon on Friday night would cut any ice on them.
But UEFA – who have promised an independent investigation into what happened before and after their flagship show – have tried to acknowledge that Liverpool supporters had found themselves in a number of situations that put their safety at risk.
Stadium access issues saw thousands of supporters crushed outside the ground
European football’s governing body has launched an independent investigation into the condition
The statement read: “UEFA would like to offer its sincere apologies to all spectators who witnessed or witnessed terrifying and disturbing events leading up to the UEFA Champions League Final at the Stade de France on 28 May 2022 in Paris, on an evening that should have been a celebration of European club football.
“No football fan should be in that situation, and it should not happen again. To this end, UEFA commissioned an independent assessment immediately after the events to identify the shortcomings and responsibilities of all entities involved in organizing the final.”
The independent review will be led by Dr. Tiago Brandao Rodrigues to understand what happened leading up to the game and why so many people were in such danger; UEFA is understandably afraid of a repeat at a future event.
What UEFA cannot ignore, however, is that they have let down both Liverpool and Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants, who took home the trophy after a 1-0 win, released a statement of their own on Friday condemning what they describe as a ‘chaotic organisation’ in Saint-Denis.