The Guardian recently published a detailed article about the horrific incident that occurred during the Champions League final on May 28, 2022. The match was Real Madrid vs Liverpool, and took place at the Stade de France in Paris. It was poorly managed and was within seconds of disaster.
Liverpool fans saw disastrous results when police threw tear gas at them when a riot broke out over attacks from neighborhood thugs. To make matters worse, Uefa blamed the Liverpool fans. They have joined forces with the French government and the police in this train of guilt.
The accident could have been as serious as the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy in which 97 people lost their lives. South Yorkshire police blamed Liverpool fans for their behavior at the time. The Hillsborough tragedy occurred during a match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, where the lack of communication was a foregone conclusion and bottlenecks, with half of the Liverpool fans not even 30 minutes before kick-off.
Eventually, a stampede occurred and South Yorkshire Police thought Liverpool fans were unruly and rowdy. People were trying to escape the crowded enclosures, while the organizers had left more enclosures empty. The 97 who were killed did not receive medical treatment due to the crowded scene.
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For this 2022 incident, 15,000 people gathered in a tight spot, and Hillsborough survivors said they felt the trauma resurrecting from the 1989 tragedy. A study conducted showed that there could have been a risk of a stampede, and an equally serious repetition of the tragedy might have been the case. The line was getting longer and longer, Liverpool fans said police and organizers did not provide any explanation.
CCTV footage of the potential tragedy was canceled after a week because police had not requested that the footage be retained. Police fired pepper spray at hundreds of people as they were prevented from entering the stadium to watch the match they had rightfully paid for.
Any TV commentator who said that day “well, the Real fans got in well, there must be problems with the Liverpool fans” should be fired.
– Mathematics (@BigMEMath) September 21, 2022
A tweet about this situation was published and netizens were unleashed online against UEFA and the French government. A spokesperson said Real Madrid fans had a good time and blamed the Liverpool fans for making a mess. Netizens said the spokesperson should be rightfully fired.
Additionally, other football fans said organizers and the government will always blame the fans because “it’s never their fault (UEFA or the government).” The lack of security led to outsiders not paying for tickets to occupy the seats of paying customers, and the event organizers would then kick paying customers claiming their ticket was fake.