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UEFA open investigation into chaos surrounding Champions League final


 

UEFA have, on Monday, confirmed that an investigation is set to be opened into the concerning events surrounding this weekend's Champions League finale.

The latest edition of European club football's most high-profile fixture of course played out just over 48 hours ago.

The meeting in question saw Real Madrid and Liverpool face off in the Champions League final for the 2nd time in five years, with the result, once again, having gone in favour of the former en route to a historic 14th title in the competition.

Unfortunately, though, what should have proven a joyous occasion in Paris was ultimately marred by ugly scenes in the buildup to the clash getting underway.

As fans across the globe will of course be aware, kick-off in the Champions League final was delayed by almost 40 minutes, owing to major security issues both in and around the Stade de France.

As supporters, largely of a Liverpool persuasion, attempted to make their way into the ground, many were halted in their tracks, as a lack of communication and organisation surrounding the event as a whole left thousands unable to make their way to their seats.

Even more alarming was footage showcasing the heavy-handedness of the police presence in attendance, as innocent attendees in possession of perfectly valid tickets were assaulted and hosed down with tear gas.

With large sections of fans from both sides, in turn, having missed some if not all of the 90 minutes in France's capital, the backlash stemming from the event has since been understandably widespread.

It should therefore not come as a massive surprise to hear that, late on Monday, UEFA have released an official statement on the matter.

In a post across the body's social media platforms and website, European football's governing presence confirmed that an official investigation into Saturday's developments is set to be imminently launched:

''UEFA has today announced it has commissioned an independent report into the events surrounding the UEFA Champions League final in Paris on Saturday 28 May,'' the statement began.

''The comprehensive review will examine decision making, responsibility and behaviours of all entities involved in the final.''

''Evidence will be gathered from all relevant parties and the findings of the independent report will be made public once completed and upon receipt of the findings, UEFA will evaluate the next steps.''

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.



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