Real Madrid Question Choice Of Paris For Champions League Final After Problems
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Real Madrid have followed Liverpool in asking for answers over the chaos at the Champions League final, calling on UEFA after fans were left "helpless and defenceless" in Paris.
Last weekend's Champions League final was marred by the chaos and awful scenes outside the Stade de France, where it was a huge relief no one was seriously injured.
Most of the anger at what happened has come from Liverpool, and their fans, especially as their end is where much of the coverage about the problems was featured.
The supporters from England were also blamed by UEFA for the issues, with claims of fake tickets, which have proved to be nonsense, and fans arriving late, which were later changed.
Now Real have added their voice to the growing criticism of UEFA, and the choice of Paris as hosts for the final after the decision to take it away from Russia, with an official statement.
"Given the unfortunate events that took place on May 28 in the vicinity and entrances to the Stade de France, including inside the stadium itself, Real Madrid CF would like to state the following in defence of our supporters who were victims of these events," the club wrote.
"1. We want to know what were the reasons that motivated that designation of the venue of the final and what criteria were taken into consideration taking into account what happened that day.
"2. Likewise, we ask for answers and explanations that determine who was responsible for leaving the fans helpless and defenceless. Some followers whose general behaviour was at all times exemplary.
"We understand that what should have been a great celebration of football for all the fans who attended the game turned into unfortunate events that have caused deep outrage around the world.
"As has been clearly seen in the revealing images offered by the media, many of the fans were violently assaulted, harassed and robbed. Some events that also took place when they were driving in their cars or buses fearing for their physical integrity.
"Some of them even had to spend the night in the hospital for injuries received.
"Football has transmitted to the world an image far removed from the values and objectives that it must always pursue.
"Our followers and fans deserve a response and that the relevant responsibilities be cleared up so that situations like the ones experienced are eradicated forever from football and sport."
Real's statement will hopefully provide further evidence for those that still need it, for some reason, that it wasn't only Liverpool fans or in fact Liverpool fans at all.
French ministers tried to blame those from England, and put it all on supporters, when evidence suggested it was to do with policing and organisation.
Even Jurgen Klopp was being blamed for the problems, as government officials shocked us all by refusing to take the blame for literally anything.
The more people who hold them and UEFA to account the less chance of these kind of scenes happening again and possibly leading to the worst possible outcomes.
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Topics: La Liga, Real Madrid, Champions League, UEFA, Liverpool