'No part of official version of events in Paris rings true'

The 'shambles outside the ground' of the Champions league final on Saturday between Liverpool and Real Madrid was  'a PR disaster for the French state, which may explain its attempt to shift the blame on to fans in a buck-passing exercise that was instantly derided and disproved' writes the chief football writer for The Times.

Reading articles is for subscribers only. Subscribe now.

It’s sad to see a magnificent city that so many of us love depicted as inhospitable and dangerous. It’s where so many football fans enjoyed a wonderful day basking in the sun and the glow of anticipation for the Champions League final until heading to the Stade de France, writes Henry Winter, chief football correspondent for The Times.