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Fans Spotted Running Through And Over Gates At Stade De France, Security 'Unable To Stop Them'

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Fans Spotted Running Through And Over Gates At Stade De France, Security 'Unable To Stop Them'

The UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool was delayed to 9.30pm local time, with fan chaos outside the Stade de France being labelled a "nightmare" ahead of kick-off.

The two European giants will go head to head in Paris tonight on one of the biggest nights in the football calendar, but issues getting fans inside the stadium caused mayhem and panic.

Reports of security guards being "overwhelmed" emerged over an hour before kick-off, with lots of fans being shoved together in a small space.

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Chaotic footage soon emerged of fans running through the gates of the Stade de France, with security guards unable to stop them.

In fact, more footage of fans 'trying to sneak into the stadium' by jumping over the gates was posted online, just minutes before the scheduled start of the final.

As you can see in the tweet below, Spanish publication El Chiringuito TV posted a clip of the shocking scenes in Paris.

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It didn't stop there, either. This clip was posted on Twitter after Gary Lineker said he was finding it "impossible" to get into the ground. He added: "This appears to be very dangerous. Absolute carnage."

UEFA, meanwhile, announced that the delay was due to “security reasons” while the screens inside the Stade de France suggested it was due to the late arrival of fans.

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After the delay was confirmed, BT Sport confirmed that tear gas had been used outside the stadium to deal with the situation.

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Michael Owen, who was on punditry duty for BT Sport alongside Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard, said: "It is so sad and obviously everything has to be military precision out there. We don't know what's gone on, but it is sad to hear."

Ferdinand added: "We pray for people's safety. You come to football to be entertained."

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The final finally got underway more than a half-hour behind schedule.

Featured Image Credit: @JohnWatsonSport/@elchiringuitotv/Twitter

Topics: Liverpool, Real Madrid, Champions League

Jack Kenmare
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