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After Comments by France’s Interior Minister, Liverpool Chief Executive Hits Back

The statements made by France’s interior minister concerning the violence during the Champions League final were described as “disgraceful” by Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan.

Only English supporters, according to Gerald Darmanin, created issues during the Paris final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

“As I mentioned earlier in the week, my response to the French minister’s words is simply one of incredulity,” Hogan continued.

Some supporters were subjected to tear gas by police.

Hogan claimed 6,500 fans replied to the club’s invitation that fans who attended the final fill out a feedback form to help with any probe into the event’s operational administration.

In a question-and-answer session on Liverpool’s website, he continued, “With regard to the idea that this is simply Liverpool fans, I spoke to my counterpart at Real Madrid yesterday, who made it plain that their fans had difficulties as well.”

“The anguish, sadness, harm, and suffering that they [fans] experienced on Saturday, and now to be told by a French minister that just Liverpool supporters are a problem, it’s simply awful.”

Uefa, Europe’s football regulatory body, has commissioned an independent investigation into the final.

“We wrote to Uefa again today, raising specific questions – 13 specific questions – that we’d like them to explain surrounding the contents of this inquiry,” Hogan added.

“We simply think it’s critical that we get this inquiry started, and frankly, that we get it started right now.”

Heavy-handed police, organizational disorder, and congestion have been reported by Liverpool fans at the showpiece match, which was rescheduled to Paris from St Petersburg following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

They have vehemently disputed the French authorities’ account of events, which blamed ticket fraud and accused Liverpool of failing to regulate its fans.

Long lines of Liverpool fans formed outside the stadium in Paris, delaying the match, which Real Madrid finally won 1-0.

Local gangs have also been accused of targeting sympathizers.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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