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Liverpool MP demands apology from French government over final fiasco

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Ian Byrne has written to President Emmanuel Macron calling for a formal apology  after a French Senate report said Liverpool fans were not to blame for the chaos at Champions League final at Stade de France in May.

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. 

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'.

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.

November 2015 Paris terror attacks: the opening of an extraordinary trial


The trial relating to the deadly wave of terror attacks that struck Paris on November 13th 2015 gets under way this Wednesday September 8th. During a hearing scheduled to last nine months, the 20 defendants will be tried over their role in attacks that left 130 dead, hundreds more wounded and many grieving families. Matthieu Suc sets the scene for a trial that is exceptional both in its scale and nature.

Sports stadium security ‘failures’ cast shadow over Euro 2016 in France

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Police chief admits that security 'broke down' during football cup final at Stade de France north of Paris, just weeks before start of tournament.

Third Stade de France bombing suspect's photo released

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French police appeal for help in identifying dead man who targeted national stadium as part of orchestrated terror attacks across Paris.

Why fear is our enemy

France — Opinion

The terrorist attack in Paris and at the Stade de France on Friday November 13th targeted the whole of society; our society, our France, a France made up of diversity, plurality, of people coming together and mixing, argues Mediapart's editor-in-chief, Edwy Plenel. It is that open society that the terror wants to shut down, to silence through fear, to make disappear through horror. And it is this society, he says, that we must defend because it is our most secure and lasting protection against terrorism.