UEFA APOLOGIZES over shocking events at Champions League Final
The final of the 2022 UEFA Champions League was one of the most chaotic in recent memory, with many Liverpool fans having trouble entering the Stade de France, and the French police launching an unprovoked attack with the use of tear gas and pepper spray, while fans tried to access the ground climbing over the fence to escape, resulting in dozens of arrests and hundreds of injuries.
Now, UEFA apologizes for what happened, and are saying they're launching an official investigation over the matter. In a statement released in their official site and shared across all their social media platforms, the governing body of European football says: "UEFA wishes to sincerely apologise to all spectators who had to experience or witness frightening and distressing events in the build-up to the UEFA Champions League final at the Stade de France on 28 May 2022 in Paris, on a night which should have been a celebration of European club football. No football fan should be put in that situation, and it must not happen again".
They also make it clear that an investigation will be carried on as to why events unfolded has they did, with the suspicion that as many as 2800 counterfeited tickets for the match were sold. "UEFA commissioned an Independent Review to identify shortcomings and responsibilities of all entities involved in the organisation of the final", points out the statement. UEFA also claims: "The Review will seek to establish a full picture and timeline of what occurred during the day, both within the stadium and the surrounding areas".
Doubtlessly, a step forward in clarifying what happend on the day of the final, which has become the latest black mark on a long story of chaotic events at UEFA finals, with the events that unfolded in the 2019 UEFA Europa League, where then Arsenal player Henrikh Mkhitaryan was unable to play in the game due to the ungoing conflict between host country of Azerbaijan and Mkhitaryan's home nation of Armenia, while fans from the United Kingdom of Armenian descent were initially denied their entry visas.
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