Liverpool wants Uefa to “completely & transparently” adopt report recommendations before the Champions League final
Liverpool demands that Uefa “completely and transparently” carry out the recommendations made in an independent investigation of the circumstances leading up to the Paris Champions League final from last year.
On May 28, 2022, before the match versus Real Madrid, fans were corralled and subjected to tear gas outside Stade de France.
According to the investigation, Uefa was “mostly responsible” for the chaotic circumstances, and it was “amazing” that nobody was killed.
Liverpool emphasized the need for action in order “to ensure there are no further close misses.”
The club continued by saying that the “basic safety deficiencies” had “exacerbated the agony” of the relatives, friends, and Hillsborough tragedy survivors in 1989.
Liverpool urged Uefa to completely implement the panel’s recommendations, no matter how challenging, to make sure that supporter safety is the top priority at the center of every Uefa football match.
The inquiry, which Uefa ordered three days after Liverpool’s 1-0 loss in the final, included 21 suggestions in an effort to ensure that “all necessary” is done to avoid a repeat of the occurrence at a major sporting event.
The suggestions include exclusively using digital tickets and urging Uefa to assign its own safety and security division “primary responsibility” for the management of the Champions League final.
A “wake-up call” should be issued to French officials before the country hosts the 2023 Rugby World Cup and the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
After the conclusion of the “disaster,” shocking false narratives
The events were first attributed by Uefa and French authorities to ticketless Liverpool supporters, but the report, which was issued on Monday, stated that there was “no proof” to back up the “reprehensible” assertions.
It continued by saying that Liverpool fans’ collective response was “probably important” in averting “more serious injuries and deaths” outside the stadium.
After that night in Paris, “shocking false narratives were propagated; myths that have since been completely disproven,” according to Liverpool.
“According to an impartial French Senate study released in July 2022, Liverpool fans were unfairly and incorrectly held responsible for the disorderly scenes in order to draw attention away from the actual organizational shortcomings.
“15 suggestions for enhancements were also included in the Independent Senate study. These suggestions have not yet been put into practice.”
The event and ensuing attempt to place responsibility on the crowd brought back bitter memories of the Hillsborough tragedy for many Liverpool supporters.
In the April 1989 tragedy at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium, spectators were crushed due to overcrowding in the Leppings Lane end during an FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest, killing 97 Liverpool supporters.
“It is astonishing that any club and our group of fans would be subject to such fundamental safety shortcomings which have had such a devastating impact on so many more than 30 years after the Hillsborough disaster,” the club continued.
“But what’s even more alarming is the realization that Paris has only made things worse for the families, friends, and survivors of Hillsborough.
We would like to remind all of our supporters of the mental health resources we set up in the days following the catastrophe that was the Uefa Champions League final in Paris. “Our thoughts go out to all of our fans who have suffered as a result of Paris.”