UEFA under pressure from multi-million pound sponsors like Heineken and PlayStation as they ‘demand answers’ over Champions League final chaos after VIPs ‘were gassed and targeted by gangs violent” with the fans of Liverpool and Real Madrid
UEFA’s multimillion-pound sponsors are ‘demanding answers’ after their VIP guests were caught up in the chaos that overshadowed the Champions League final in Paris.
Corporate guests such as Just Eat, Heineken and PlayStation were reportedly caught up in scary and dangerous scenes with Liverpool and Real Madrid fans outside the Stade de France.
The Daily Mirror reports that these attendees were gassed by French police and forced to run the gauntlet of local youths bent on assaulting and robbing fans as they tried to get back into VIP coaches.
The newspaper says UEFA has received a host of complaints from companies paying millions to sponsor the Champions League. This could lead companies to withdraw their financial support.
UEFA have announced an independent review of the chaotic events in Paris which will be led by Portugal’s former education minister, Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues.
Liverpool and Real Madrid fans were tear gassed by police and nearly crushed outside the Stade de France ahead of the Champions League final – VIP guests from UEFA sponsors are also said to have been caught up in the chaos .
Champions League sponsors, who pay millions to UEFA, demand answers after their corporate guests were caught up in chaos before and after the final
UEFA have “sincerely” apologized to all fans affected by the chaotic events at the end of last month and an independent investigation has been launched.
It came as a Mail on Sunday special investigation revealed how the complete breakdown of public order outside the stadium before and after the final nearly claimed lives.
Experts say Liverpool fans caught in crushing conditions as they queued inside only avoided serious injury, or worse, because of the memory of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, in which 97 of their fans died, caused them to exercise patience and restraint.
A massive computer outage contributed to the chaos, contradicting accounts from police and the French government, who sought to blame the scenes on thousands of Liverpool fans with counterfeit tickets.
French police fired tear gas and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters outside the stadium
French authorities tried to blame the chaos on Liverpool fans with counterfeit tickets
Liverpool and Real fans have been subjected to brutal violence from roving gangs of young Parisians, causing a major political problem for President Emmanuel Macron with the Olympics just two years away.
Gangs – some armed with iron bars – assaulted and assaulted fans despite the heavy police presence, while some scaled barriers and fences to enter the game.
Police tactics of ushering fans into a narrow hallway created a death trap and could have led to serial deaths within minutes.