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UEFA blame delayed start to final and crowd trouble on ‘fake tickets’

PARIS – Champions League organizer UEFA says problems at the entrance gates used by Liverpool supporters which caused chaotic scenes ahead of Saturday’s final outside Paris were caused by fans trying to get in with “fake tickets”.

“During the match, the turnstiles on the Liverpool side were blocked by thousands of supporters who had purchased fake tickets which did not work in the turnstiles,” UEFA said in a statement. “This created a backlog of fans trying to get in. As a result, kick-off was delayed by 35 minutes to allow as many fans as possible with genuine tickets to gain 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.”

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