No more lies' - Liverpool fans slam UEFA's 'false narrative' as French politician calls for inquiry into Champions League final chaos - Infopalavanews


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Tuesday 31 May 2022

No more lies' - Liverpool fans slam UEFA's 'false narrative' as French politician calls for inquiry into Champions League final chaos


The aftermath from Saturday's events at the Stade de France continues, with Reds supporters striking back against the governing body

The fallout from Saturday’s Champions League final continues, with Spirit of Shankly, the Liverpool supporters’ union, condemning the “false narrative” put forward by UEFA in the aftermath of chaotic pre-match scenes.

Meanwhile, Richard Bouigue, the deputy mayor of Paris’ 12th arrondissement, has praised Reds fans for their conduct and behaviour ahead of the game, while calling for a “serious and thorough” investigation into the French authorities in charge of protecting attendees.

UEFA has already announced that it will commission an independent inquiry into events outside the Stade de France, in which fans were caught up in crushes and subjected to tear gas and pepper spray attacks from police prior to kick off, before suffering attacks and intimidation at the hands of local gangs afterwards. 

On Tuesday evening, Spirit of Shankly issued a statement entitled ‘No More Lies’, in which it slammed the “shameful, false accusations” made against supporters since Saturday, and promised to continue to work to “bring those responsible to account.”

It read: “From the moment UEFA displayed the message on the giant screens inside Stade de France on Saturday [that] ‘due to the late arrival of fans, the match has been delayed’, we knew what was happening. The false narrative had begun.

“UEFA and the French authorities quickly changed tack to say actually it was because of fans turning up without tickets. European football’s governing body had apparently been given this information by local media and ran with it. Not for a second did they think to check its validity. 

Even before the game had kicked off, the blame shift was underway. UEFA, the French authorities and media excuse machines in overdrive. But with supporters witnessing what was happening, and the power of social media they were quickly exposed. So the narrative changed to ticket forgeries. Another shameful lie.

“The chaos and mismanagement of Saturday was a prime example of UEFA and the local authorities’ failure to prepare.”

It added: “We have seen UEFA crumble and agree to a first ever independent inquiry, strategically shifting away from the French authorities. 

The French people and some of the media are exposing the lies and mistruths of their own government ministers, even calling for resignations. SOS have received many powerful testimonies from our members and we know events on Saturday were shambolic and deeply traumatising for many. 

“We owe all LFC fans, in fact all football fans, a strong and robust challenge to those who created that situation and followed it by perpetrating lies. We are doing that and, significantly, our messages are being heard. The tide is turning and fans are becoming the solution and not the problem.

“We will continue over the coming weeks, for however long it takes, to work to bring those responsible to account.”

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