30 May 2022

Champions League final: France blames ‘industrial scale’ fraud over chaos

Sports reporter

France’s interior minister has defended police actions at the Champions League final saying they prevented deaths from happening.

Riot officers fired pepper spray and tear gas at some Liverpool fans who were trying to get into the ground for the match on Saturday night.

The minister blamed “industrial scale” ticket fraud amongst Liverpool fans for causing chaos at the Stade de France.

But a Downing Street spokesman described the scenes as “deeply upsetting” and called for an investigation.