Liverpool fans have been deeply shaken by chaotic scenes outside the Stade de France which delayed the Champions League final by 36 minutes.
The Reds were eventually beaten 1-0 by Real Madrid, but the chance was overshadowed by a painful entrance process outside the stadium for the fans.
Liverpool fans were seen against a locked door yelling at people to sort things out and let them in, as huge queues formed in a clear lack of security and organisation.
Riot police were on hand with tear gas and pepper spray, as supporters feared for their safety.
A Liverpool fan broke down on talkSPORT and revealed his nine-year-old son couldn’t stop shaking.
“I’m not very good,” Reds supporter Nick said after the game. “I am with my nine-year-old son.
“He saw tear gas being used against the fans, we were there two hours before the game.
“The police kicked off, he is physically shaking with fear. He’s nine years old and I can’t stop him from shaking. He cries his eyes.
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Liverpool demanded an investigation as UEFA released a statement blaming the chaos of thousands of fans trying to enter the stadium with fake tickets.
It read: “During the match, the turnstiles at the Liverpool side were blocked by thousands of fans who had bought fake tickets which did not work in the turnstiles.
“It created a buildup of fans trying to get in.
“As a result, kick-off has been delayed by 35 minutes to allow as many fans as possible with genuine tickets access.
“As the number of people outside the stadium continued to pile up after kick-off, the police dispersed them with tear gas and forced them away from the stadium.
“UEFA is sensitive to those affected by these events and will urgently review these matters with the French police and authorities, as well as with the French Football Federation.”
However, Liverpool fan Nick didn’t experience the situation that way.
Asked about UEFA’s statement, he replied: “It’s absolute nonsense. They just weren’t processing tickets fast enough.
“There was no one trying to get in without tickets, although you got one or two. It was nothing compared to what I have seen before.
“Even when we were leaving the game they were too aggressive and people started running when they threw tear gas.
“I have a nine-year-old boy. Her mom won’t let me take her to another game again.
Another Liverpool fan told talkSPORT the harrowing scenes ruined the occasion before it even started.
Jamie the Reds fan said: “I came to ground in due time, I came with my brother and I lost him.
“It’s absolute chaos, there’s no organisation, the police are spraying everyone, there are Hillsborough-style crowds at the gates.
“I don’t really want to go see the Champions League final anymore.”
Kelly Cates – the daughter of Liverpool great Sir Kenny Dalglish – posted: “Absolutely chaotic at the Stade de France.
“No way in, no way of knowing where to go. Stay safe if you head inside. It can be very dangerous.
Former Liverpool CEO Peter Moore took to social media to respond to UEFA’s initial statement, which highlighted ‘fans arriving late’, criticizing the ‘horrendous organisation’ of the club. event.
Writing on Twitter, Moore said: ‘Shameful scenes outside the stadium.
“’Late arrival of supporters’ should read ‘terrible organisation’.
“The fans have been here for hours.
“Stadium operations unable to manage flows and access. Victim blaming at its best…”
talkSPORT host Adrian Durham also slammed UEFA for originally blaming fans, describing it as “a dangerous message”.
He said: “It’s quite an important message to get it wrong, it’s dangerous.
“It’s a damning allegation because the allegation is that due to the late arrival of the fans, the match was delayed.
“The allegation is that it’s the fans’ fault. It’s not the authorities, it’s not UEFA, it’s not the police, it’s the fans.
“It’s still hitting the fans with a big stick, like you always do.
“It’s not the fans. From what we understand, it can’t take more than two hours from arrival at the stadium to entry.
“It’s not the late arrival of the fans, it’s mismanagement.”
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