UEFA's apology to Liverpool fans over Champions League final chaos must be followed by a 'retraction of the smears' about Reds supporters, says MP Ian Byrne... and he claims the scenes were 'the worst I've seen at a match since Hillsborough'
- The Champions League final was marred by events away from the pitch
- Fans struggled to get into the ground, and were blamed for the chaotic scenes
- UEFA have since apologised for what happened at the Stade de France
- However, MP Ian Byrne wants them to apologise for initially blaming fans
- He has compared the event to the Hillsborough disaster that occurred in 1989
Labour MP Ian Byrne has compared the scenes witnessed at the Champions League final to the Hillsborough disaster, and has urged UEFA to retract the statement that they made about Liverpool supporters causing the chaos at the Stade de France.
The showpiece event, which was contested by the Reds and Real Madrid, was overshadowed by events away from the pitch, with fans struggling to get into the ground, while police used tear gas and pepper spray on crowds of people as they struggled to control the situation.
UEFA initially blamed fans for the issues in Paris, claiming they turned up late, before stating that fake tickets had caused problems. The governing body changed their tune on Friday as they apologised for the events that occurred, but they did not specifically address what they had previously said about fans, and Byrne feels this needs to be rectified.
French police used pepper spray on supporters at the Stade de France
Huge crowds of people were left waiting outside the stadium ahead of kick-off
UEFA initially said fans turning up late had caused the game to be delayed
'It was the worst event I’ve ever seen around a football match since 1989 at Hillsborough and it could have been as serious as Hillsborough with the lives lost,' the Liverpool West Derby MP told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme.
'It was only the patience of the Liverpool supporters that prevented that from happening because we got absolutely nothing from the authorities.
'But we need to continue to demand a full public apology and retraction of the smears that were given about the Liverpool fans regarding the delayed kick-off and everything else that’s happened.'
Hillsborough is the biggest sporting disaster to have taken place in the UK, with 97 fans losing their lives after a crush developed at the venue.
Ian Byrne (above) wants UEFA to apologise for placing the blame on supporters in Paris
Like in Paris, fans' behaviour was blamed at the time for the fatal event.
However, supporters were later absolved of any blame, with South Yorkshire and West Midlands police forces having to pay out damages to over 600 people.
Byrne's comments highlight how serious he felt what happened at the Stade de France was, having attended the match himself.
French interior minister Gerald Darmanin also claimed that fans were at fault for what occurred earlier this week, and Liverpool responded by threatening a lawsuit and demanding an apology, making it clear that they will not accept a cover-up for what actually happened in the French capital.
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