Camila Cabello Opens Champions League Final as Fans are Pepper Sprayed
Camila Cabello put on a great performance before the UEFA Champions League Final this weekend — pristine in presentation … but exactly the opposite of what was unfolding outside.
The singer was tapped for the opening ceremony show at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis just north of Paris — where Real Madrid was facing off against Liverpool in a huge showdown between Europe’s best soccer teams … a must-see match fans were dying to see.
That might even be literal, because tons of prospective gamers were outside the stadium shortly before kickoff — while Camila was doing her gig — and desperately trying to get in by any means necessary … with several of them hopping gates and having run-ins with security.
Some of these videos are absolutely insane — people are climbing over each other and risking it all just for a chance to get inside. Unclear if these are people who purchased tickets and were turned away, or if they’re simply hooligans trying to take it in for free.
28.05.2022, Liverpool🏴 – Real Madrid🇪🇸, Liverpool fans arrived late at the stadium, some climbing the fences to get inside faster. Kick-off delayed 30 minutes https://t.co/Fjy3xrlEmQ#LiverpoolVsRealMadrid #LiverpoolFC #RealMadrid pic.twitter.com/kgxF6nqiEA
At any rate, the cops and security officers on hand weren’t having any of it … pepper spraying people who were trying to rush the gates and who wouldn’t back down. There are some reports (and videos) of minors getting tear gassed as well.
Even the cops themselves were trying to wipe the residue from their eyes … that’s how much they fired off, it seems.
Pepper spraying fans outside stadium in Paris pic.twitter.com/drgzEpR9gD
As for Camila … it appears she was completely oblivious to the pandemonium happening just a couple hundred feet from her on the pitch — and paid it no mind, doing what she was there to do … sing. Even if she knew what was going on, it’s not really her problem.
BTW, she killed it during the show … performing for a packed stadium and putting on an elaborate spectacle with backup dancers and a grand entrance to set everything off.
Camila Cabello (@camila_cabello)‘s performance at the #UEFA Champions League Final #1 #ChampionsLeagueFinal pic.twitter.com/OMNT00O2aO
While no one is faulting her for continuing on with the ceremony, some are pointing out it’s funny that the contrast here is so stark — and frankly, it is. A lesson learned … get to your seats early and often. Also, Euro soccer fans are low-key bonkers for the beautiful game.
Now, kick that ball!