Liverpool collect over 5,000 ‘horrific’ testimonials from fans who attended the Champions League final – with shocking new details revealing disabled people were among those brutally treated by French police
- Anfield officials go to great lengths to compile a body of evidence illustrating how brutal French police were in the Champions League final
- UEFA announced on Monday that it had commissioned an independent study
- Liverpool are carrying out their own investigation and have set up a database for fans to get in touch and provide their own testimonies about the treatment in Paris
- Reds were ranked by the number of responses they received in the first 24 hours
Liverpool have been inundated with more than 5,000 first-hand accounts from supporters, with their experiences in the Champions League final being described as horrific.
Anfield officials are going to great lengths to compile a body of evidence illustrating how brutal French police were at the Stade de France and how shocking the organization around the event was, leading their fans to be endangered.
A shocking new detail is the demographics of those who were brutally treated, including people with disabilities.
Although UEFA announced on Monday that they had commissioned an independent study, which will be led by Portuguese Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues, Liverpool are carrying out their own investigation and revealed later on Monday evening that they had set up a data for fans to get in touch.
Such is the depth of sentiment on the issue – and how many people have been affected – Liverpool have been stunned by the number of responses they have received in the first 24 hours; Billy Hogan, the club’s general manager, has analyzed a lot of it and is appalled by what he’s read.
Hogan said: “Honestly, I am horrified by the way some men, women, children – able-bodied, less able-bodied – were treated indiscriminately over Saturday. I think the volume of forms filled out in the last 24 hours really shows how much fans want to support the process.
Liverpool were inundated with more than 5,000 first-hand accounts from fans about their experiences in the Champions League final in Paris last Saturday night.
Anfield officials go to great lengths to compile a body of evidence to illustrate how brutal French police were at the Stade de France
“We want to collect real evidence of what happened before and after kick-off. I think it is important to recognize that we have all rightly focused on the problems of access to the Stade de France; I think it’s also important not to lose sight of what happened after the game.
“We have all seen videos, photos. I have read a number of stories of absolutely horrific experiences leaving the stadium as well – crimes have been committed, muggings have taken place.
“Nobody should go through what our supporters went through before or after the game. In our minds, that’s obviously completely unacceptable.
sports mail spoke to many fans who had been to Paris on what should have been the trip of a lifetime, but all accounts were overwhelmingly negative, including a father and son who were at the fan park six miles from the stadium and were gassed for no reason at the final whistle.
The demographics of those who were brutalized included people with disabilities
Managing Director Billy Hogan (left) has analyzed many and is appalled by what he has read
The way the French government tried to create a narrative that Liverpool fans were responsible for the chaos enraged Hogan and his colleagues, so much so that chairman Tom Werner wrote to the French sports minister Amélie Oudea-Castera to ask for an apology.
It hasn’t all been confrontational from leading French politicians and on Tuesday Richard Bouige, deputy mayor of Paris’ 12th arrondissement where Liverpool’s fan zone was held, wrote to the main fan group Spirit of Shankly to express his dismay at what had happened.
Bouige deplored the dysfunctions of the organization at the Stade de France and confirmed that the reception of 45,000 supporters in the 12th arrondissement had not caused any trouble. This is why Liverpool are so determined to act.
“We had over 5,000 forms filled out and submitted, which is really amazing,” Hogan said. “It has been incredibly difficult in some cases to read some of the experiences. It is extremely important that everyone continues to talk and share their experience.
“Once we know the independent investigation is underway and in the right direction, it’s important that everyone brings as much evidence as possible.”
Tom Werner wrote to the French Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castera asking for an apology