UEFA confirms independent review to be conducted into chaotic scenes ahead of Champions League final

The governing body said the review will "examine decision-making, responsibility and behaviours of all entities"

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UEFA has confirmed an independent and comprehensive review will be conducted into the chaotic scenes that marred Saturday’s Champions League final in Paris.

Liverpool supporters were tear-gassed after waiting in huge queues prior to the clash against Real Madrid at the Stade de France, with the access problems leading to a delay to a kick-off delay of 36 minutes.

UEFA, the European governing body, initially blamed the late arrival of fans for the delay before later issuing a statement blaming the issues on fake tickets.

Liverpool fans were left in huge queues outside the Stade de France
Liverpool fans were left in huge queues outside the Stade de France
The scenes marred the final
The scenes marred the final

The organisation has now responded to calls for a full inquiry by confirming a review of the events will be conducted by Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues, a member of the Portuguese parliament and former member of the World Anti-Doping Agency Foundation Board.

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

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

It added: “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.”

It comes just hours after the French minister for sports blamed Liverpool fans for the chaotic scenes outside the Champions League final.

Amelie Oudea-Castera told French radio: "What happened, first of all, was this mass gathering of the British supporters of the Liverpool club, without tickets, or with fake tickets."