French interior minister apologises for Champions League chaos

by | Jun 28, 2022 | World

Gerald Darmanin says he is ‘partly responsible’ for chaos at last month’s Champions League final in Paris.French interior minister Gerald Darmanin has apologised for “bad management” that caused chaos at last month’s Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Paris, while insisting fake tickets and “delinquency” were mostly to blame.
“Should things have been managed better at the Stade de France (stadium)? The answer is yes. Am I partly responsible? The answer is yes,” Darmanin told RTL radio on Tuesday.
“Of course, I readily apologise towards everyone who suffered from this bad management of the event,” he added.
After scenes of fans crowded into tight spaces and being tear-gassed by police caused outrage across Europe, Darmanin blamed supporters with fake tickets for the disruption.
UEFA events director Martin Kallen last week told French senators investigating the fiasco that the football body’s count of fake tickets was far short of the tens of thousands claimed by French authorities.
Liverpool fans after the Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at a fan park in Paris, France [File: Jean-Francois Badias/AP]
“We don’t believe it’s the number mentioned in France,” he said, adding that 2,600 fake tickets were identified at turnstiles – compared with the number of 30,000 to 40,000 people with fake tickets and without tickets suggested by Darmanin.
“It was a question of fake tickets … that created the difficulties we all know about” of large crowds of fans packed into underpasses or outside locked gates, Darmanin insisted on Tuesday.
He added that “if there was something that went wrong at t …

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