Liverpool fans unfairly blamed for Paris final fiasco say French senators

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

Liverpool's mayor slams policing of Champions League final in Paris

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Steve Rotheram, appearing on a vidiolink before a French Senate hearing into the chaos at the Stade de France on May 28th where he was himself present, said some police officers appeared to be 'looking to find a problem' with Liverpool supporters, adding that 'the day gradually transformed from a dream into a nightmare', and said he was shocked to hear that CCTV footage of the events was now destroyed. 

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

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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.

French minister: cup final chaos was 'industrial scale' ticket fraud

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French interior minister Gérald Darmanin on Monday said the potentially dangerous bottleneck of tens of thousands of Liverpool fans on Saturday trying to enter the Stade de France for the Champions League cup final of their team against  Real Madrid was due to 'industrial scale' ticket fraud, which he said 'only seems to happen with certain English clubs'.

Joe Cole loving life in France and 'blinding' frogs' legs

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British footballer Joe Cole, on loan at French Ligue 1 club Lille from Liverpool, tells BBC he is enjoying life in France, and notably frogs' legs.