Football: Soccer-Liverpool chairman demands apology for French minister’s comments

(Reuters) – Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner has demanded an apology from the French sports activities minister after she mentioned followers with pretend tickets and the membership’s dealing with of their supporters have been accountable for the difficulty that marred Saturday’s Champions League remaining.

The match on the Stade de France, which Real Madrid received 1-0, was delayed by greater than half an hour after police tried to carry off folks attempting to drive their approach into the bottom. Some followers, together with youngsters, have been tear-gassed by French riot police.

On Monday, sports activities minister Amelie Oudea-Castera mentioned that the preliminary issues have been brought on by Liverpool followers with out legitimate tickets and accused the membership of letting their supporters “out within the wild”.

French inside minister Gerald Darmanin added that there had been a “huge (ticket) fraud on an industrial scale”.

Werner hit again late on Monday in a letter to Oudea-Castera, describing her comments as “irresponsible, unprofessional, and wholly disrespectful” to the followers affected.

“The UEFA Champions League remaining ought to be one of many best spectacles in world sport, and as a substitute it devolved into one of many worst safety collapses in current reminiscence,” Werner was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo newspaper.

“On behalf of all of the followers who skilled this nightmare I demand an apology from you, and assurance that the French authorities and UEFA enable an unbiased and clear investigation to proceed.”

UEFA has commissioned an unbiased inquiry into the incident whereas Oudea-Castera mentioned they’d produce a report inside 10 days.

In an interview to the Liverpool web site, CEO Billy Hogan mentioned they have been additionally reviewing authorized choices obtainable to them on behalf of their supporters.

(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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