Merseyside police confirmed on Sunday that the “vast majority” of Liverpool fans behaved “in an exemplary manner” in the French capital, stressing that the force would fully support an investigation into the chaos leading up to the Champions League final.
The start of the final match in the continental championship at the Stade de France on Saturday was postponed for more than half an hour due to disturbing scenes outside the stadium.
The European Football Association (UEFA) attributed this delay due to the closure of thousands of Liverpool fans, who bought fake tickets, the gates at the end of the stands designated for them in the stadium, while a message on the big screen inside the stadium stated that the match did not start on time due to “ Late arrival of the masses.
The police used tear gas in an attempt to disperse the fans outside the stadium before the final match, which ended with Real Madrid winning with a clean goal for Brazilian player Vinicius Junior in the second half.
Liverpool have formally requested a formal investigation into the causes of the “unacceptable cases”.
UEFA pledged to review these matters promptly with the French authorities and the French Football Federation.
On Sunday, Merseyside Police issued a statement relaying the observations of its officers who were present in Paris.
Assistant Police Chief Chris Green said: “We are aware of a number of reports of incidents, before and after last night’s Champions League final at the Stade de France in Paris.
Green added: “We are also aware that Liverpool FC has requested a formal investigation from UEFA and will be communicating with the club, the Confederation and the UK Football Police unit, to pass on the observations of our officers who attended the match and participated in the pre-match meetings with the relevant authorities.
He explained: “As with all European matches, the officers were deployed from Merseyside in France to act as observers and advisors with the local officers, and reported that the vast majority of fans behaved in an exemplary manner, arriving at the gates early and queuing as directed, and the notes will be transmitted to the authorities. Competent as part of the debriefing of the match.
Throughout the season, several thousand fans traveled to matches across Europe, and we worked closely with our support groups, the club and European hosts to ensure matches went without incident and to keep fans safe.
Chris noted: Our returning officers today will be conducting a formal debriefing to ensure we can fully support any subsequent investigation after last night’s game.
He concluded his statement by saying: We know that people were going to see a lot of sad scenes last night and we wish everyone to return home from Paris on a safe journey.