Liverpool fans tear gassed before final

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Riot constabulary fired teardrop state and capsicum spray astatine Liverpool supporters forced to endure lengthy waits to get into the Champions League final which was delayed for 37 minutes arsenic information struggled with frustrated crowds astatine the Stade de France connected Sunday morning.

As Liverpool mislaid the showpiece crippled of the European play to Real Madrid 1-0, UEFA enactment the blasted for blocked turnstiles connected thousands of fans who purchased fake tickets. The contention organisers did not place wherever they were from and Liverpool said it was "hugely disappointed" with the information issues experienced by its fans.

Angry Liverpool fans held successful the lines were seen hanging onto railings and heard shouting: "Let america in. We've got tickets."

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There were galore instances of fans breaking done information and attempting to get into the stadium. The Associated Press saw 2 fans — 1 was wearing Liverpool attire — wrestled to the crushed by stewards and bundled retired of the gates.

Three much fans were seen evading stewards and sprinting done the concourse and into the bottommost level of the stadium. Other people, wearing nary evident nine attire, climbed the fences alternatively arsenic Liverpool fans shouted astatine them to get down.

The last kicked disconnected contempt fans inactive trying to get done summons checks. Fresh rounds of teardrop state were fired by riot constabulary from wrong the information perimeter astatine radical extracurricular the fences. Police and stewards were seen falling to the ground, impacted by the eye-irritating substances.

Supporter Colm Lacey saw "children crying, radical trapped" extracurricular the entrances.

"People started jumping the queue, past they ripped the gross unfastened and past determination was a push," Lacey said.

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About 15 minutes earlier the scheduled kickoff of 5.00am (AEST) section time, an announcement was made that determination would beryllium a delay, blaming the precocious accomplishment of fans to the stadium. It was greeted by jeers wrong the stadium, fixed those fans had already endured agelong queues. The crippled yet started astatine 5.37am (AEST).

Liverpool supporters look done the closed gates, immoderate feeling the effects of teardrop gas. (Offside via Getty Images)

"We've been stood astatine this gross since 6:15," Liverpool instrumentality Angela Murphy told the AP done a fence. "I've got truly atrocious asthma and I've been tear-gassed twice. I'm truly struggling."

Asked what provoked the teardrop gassing, Murphy replied: "Nothing, we're stood here. There was nothing. It's conscionable been horrendous. We person been good behaved."

Police officers with batons and riot shields ran from gross to gross to forestall pockets of fans forcing their mode into the stadium without showing tickets. One policeman collapsed to the crushed and had to beryllium helped by different officers. Officers utilized teardrop state connected Liverpool fans connected repeated occasions.

One Liverpool instrumentality kissed his summons and looked to the entity aft yet getting done security.

Liverpool protagonist Joe Moorcroft complained astir being treated similar animals.

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"It's a disgrace. We've seen this before, it's a hazard to health," helium said. "We've seen this and it's going to hap each again. I consciousness it now. They threw teardrop state successful the fans."

UEFA said it was "sympathetic to those affected" and it announced an urgent reappraisal by French constabulary and authorities on with the French Football Federation.

"In the lead-up to the game, the turnstiles astatine the Liverpool extremity became blocked by thousands of fans who purchased fake tickets which did not enactment successful the turnstiles," UEFA said successful a statement.

"This created a buildup of fans trying to get in. As a result, the kickoff was delayed by 35 minutes to let arsenic galore fans arsenic imaginable with genuine tickets to summation access. As numbers extracurricular the stadium continued to physique up aft kickoff, the constabulary dispersed them with teardrop state and forced them distant from the stadium."

Liverpool wants a ceremonial investigation.

"We are hugely disappointed astatine the stadium introduction issues and breakdown of the information perimeter that Liverpool fans faced," the nine said successful a statement. "This is the top lucifer successful European shot and supporters should not person to acquisition the scenes we person witnessed tonight."

The scenes were reminiscent of the chaos extracurricular Wembley Stadium earlier the European Championship last past year. That was mostly owed to England fans aggressively trying to get into their location stadium for the crippled that Italy won.

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