Published on: 28/05/2022 – 21:45 Security problems relating to access for supporters to the Stade de France delayed the kick-off of the Champions League final between Liverpool by at least thirty minutes and Real Madrid on Saturday. Kick-off has been moved to 9:30 p.m. Kick-off for the Liverpool-Real Madrid Champions League final, originally scheduled for 9 p.m., has been delayed to 9:30 p.m., the two clubs announced, a delay linked according to UEFA to problems of access for supporters to the Stade de France. Long queues were observed a few minutes before the scheduled kick-off time, which had initially been time postponed to 9:15 p.m. Fans tried to force a first filter installed around the stadium, but access to the enclosure remained “tight”, said the Paris police headquarters (PP). Videos posted on social media showed supporters climbing the stadium gates in an attempt to enter. AFP journalists. Mayhem outside the Stadium A first cordon installed around the stadium was the subject of an “attempt to penetrate”, confirmed the PP, while some Liverpool supporters began to grow impatient and s organizers over the waiting time, noted an AFP journalist. Less than half an hour from the start of the match, the atmosphere became tense when a good thousand supporters turned up. found slowed down at the level of the entrance to the Stade de France, contained by the police, in the street. Annoyed, they shouted: “Open the gate” (“Open the door”). Then the supporters passed one by one, presenting their ticket, to pass the first control, noted AFP. Tear gas was launched to prevent a few dozen young people from climbing barriers, outside the stadium, to try to approach, AFP noted. Twenty young men had managed to cross them, before the intervention of the gendarmes. A total of 6,800 police officers, gendarmes and firefighters were mobilized to ensure the security of the Champions League final at the Stade de France. The authorities expected a surge of 30,000 to 40,000 Liverpool supporters without tickets for the final. With AFP
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