Footage of Liverpool fans outside of Stade de France is pure chaos (Video)

Footage of Liverpool fans outside of Stade de France is pure chaos (Video)

Published May 28, 2022
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PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 28: Liverpool fans are seen queuing outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League final match between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid at Stade de France on May 28, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

The Champions League Final was delayed due to issues with getting Liverpool fans into Stade de France, and the scene was absolutely terrifying chaos. 

A tragic and terrifying scene unfolded outside of the Champions League Final on Saturday as Liverpool supporters were reportedly locked out in a miserable display of crowd control causing a delay to the biggest sporting event in the world.

UEFA claimed that the delay was due to late-arriving Liverpool fans, but that story quickly fell apart once word from outside started to trickle in. Images and footage from outside of Stade de France showed thousands of Liverpool supporters trapped outside of gates that were suddenly and unexpectedly closed by security.

Images and footage of Liverpool fans stuck outside of Stade de France were absolute chaos and truly disheartening. Fans, who paid good money for a ticket and transportation to France for the biggest football match of the year, were kept on the outside of gates by security and were not given a reason as to why.

Naturally, these elements collided to create mass chaos and panic that harkens back to the darkest days in Liverpool’s history.

Footage from outside showed security in full body armor pepper-spraying Liverpool fans trapped on the other side of the entry gates.

The French police sprayed pepper gas on the Liverpool fans who could not enter the match. #UCLfinal#ChampionsLeague #ChampionsLeagueFinal

— TRANSFER BARONU (@superleage) May 28, 2022

Fans left rubbing their eyes, coughing and spluttering. This has been absolutely chaotic, and needlessly so. An opening ceremony now taking place in the stadium while there’s still mayhem outside.

— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) May 28, 2022

Thousands of Liverpool fans struggle to make it into the Stade de France for the Champions League final.

— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 28, 2022

This is what’s going on outside the stadium ahead of the #ChampionsLeagueFinal

— Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_TV) May 28, 2022

This is the line the police we’re trying to hold to stop people walking down the road (not sure why?)

You can see they’re losing control as crush grows and when I left riot police were heading that way

— Rob Draper (@draper_rob) May 28, 2022

Significant bottleneck an hour ago. Can’t imagine it now.

— AlamoCityRed (@derrekryan) May 28, 2022

Took this picture about half an hour ago. Big crowds forming at outer perimeter points where tickets are checked, bags searched, alcohol discarded. Was starting to get tense then, those outside now suggesting it is getting worse.

— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 28, 2022

BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey gave a report from outside Stade de France that painted a picture of fans being prevented from passing through security gates and being tear-gassed.

He recounted what a fan reportedly said about the situation unfolding.

“He said that a huge number of Liverpool fans were tear-gassed by the French police, including families and children. His eyes were streaming. He looked distraught.”

One fan told reporters that he had gone beyond wanting to watch a football match and just wanted to find his brother who he had lost track of in the chaos.

“I was almost in tears walking in here, I don’t want to watch this European Cup final now. I want to go home.”

This man says he can’t find his brother and wants to go home after what he’s witnessed this evening at the Stade de France. #UCLfinal

— Brad Cox (@BradJCox_) May 28, 2022

CBS aired footage of fans attempting to climb the gates to try and gain access to the stadium and circumvent security, which when viewed alongside the statement from UEFA reinforced the idea that the delay was the fault of Liverpool fans.

Back in 1989, before a FA Cup semifinal match against Nottingham Forest, 96 Liverpool supporters were killed when security failed to properly control the crowd entering Hillsborough Stadium. It’s nearly impossible to see the terrifying images outside of Stade de France, the utter ineptitude of UEFA and the security on the scene, and not think about the tragedy that Liverpool suffered over three decades ago.

This story is still developing and will be updated when more information is made available.