Champions League

Liverpool fans unfairly blamed for Paris final fiasco say French senators

France — Link

English fans scapegoated for the fiasco surrounding the Champions League final to "divert attention" from organisational failures, a scathing French Senate report says.

Champions League final chaos: France picks up the trophy for incompetence

France — Opinion

The showcase event of European football, the final of the Champions League, was marred by numerous incidents at the Stade de France in the northern suburbs of Paris on Saturday night. Hundreds of Liverpool fans were 'kettled', blocked at the entrance to the stadium, and then tear or pepper gassed by police officers before the club's match with Real Madrid. As Ilyes Ramdani writes in this opinion article, this failure comes on the back of years spent by the French public authorities pursuing a repressive, incompetent and often violent approach to maintaining order at public events.

French police 'use tear gas' on fans at Champions League final

France — Link

UEFA and French police have blamed Liverpool fans for the delayed kick-off at the Champions League final - but British police say Reds supporters' behaviour was "exemplary".

Champions League final to move from Russia to France

International — Link

The final will now be played at the Stade de France in Paris on May 28th instead of in St Petersburg.

SFR secures French broadcast rights for Champions League

France — Link

Telecoms giant SFR has reportedly agreed to pay 350 million euros per year for the rights to broadcast the top-flight pan-European football competition, beating French rival Canal Plus and Qatari-controlled beIN Sports.

France braced for football broadcasting rights battle

France — Link

Canal Plus and Qatar-owned Al Jazeera are poised to fight it out for right to broadcast Champions League football in France.