UEFA has released an apology for handling the 2022 Champions League final

UEFA has released an apology for handling the 2022 Champions League final

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03 Jun 2022
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Aleksander Ceferin

Accusations have flown around this past week, with many coming from the French government, while UEFA had remained silent.

UEFA sincerely apologised to all spectators in their statement

UEFA has released an apology for handling the 2022 Champions League final, as Real Madrid and Liverpool fans suffered problems getting into the stadium and when they left the ground. Accusations have flown around this past week, with many coming from the French government, while UEFA had remained silent. But, now the continent’s governing body has explained that there will be a full investigation. “UEFA wishes to sincerely apologise to all spectators who had to experience or witness frightening and distressing events in the build-up to the UEFA Champions League final at the Stade de France on 28 May 2022 in Paris, on a night which should have been a celebration of European club football,” the statement, which was released on Friday, started. “No football fan should be put in that situation, and it must not happen again.”

The organisation commissioned an Independent Review

“To that end, immediately after the events, UEFA commissioned an Independent Review to identify shortcomings and responsibilities of all entities involved in the final organisation and has today published the Terms of Reference for this review. The Independent Review, which Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues will lead from Portugal, aims to understand what happened in the build-up to the final and determine what lessons should be learned to ensure there is no repeat of the actions and events of that day. The review will seek to establish a full picture and timeline of what occurred during the day, both within the stadium and the surrounding areas, including examining spectator flows to the stadium via the various access points.”

The Independent Review aims to identify any issues or gaps

“It will also examine all relevant operational plans related to security, mobility, ticketing, as well as others at the discretion of the chairman of the review, and will examine the planning and preparedness of the involved entities for the staging of the final, including at additional sites such as the Liverpool and Real Madrid fan meeting points. The Independent Review aims to identify any issues or gaps in the implementation and running of operations and assess the roles and responsibilities of all the entities involved and the adequacy of their response to events to make recommendations on best practices for the future of UEFA and the relevant stakeholders.”

“The Review will engage with UEFA and all relevant stakeholders, including, but not limited to, fan groups including Football Supporters Europe as well as those of the two finalist clubs; the finalist clubs themselves; general spectators; the French Football Federation; the Police and other public national and local authorities, and the stadium operator. Further information on how relevant parties can submit their testimonies (via a dedicated email address or an online questionnaire) will be communicated shortly. The review findings, conclusions, and recommendations will be detailed in the Report and will be those of Dr Tiago Brandao Rodrigues and the experts who will support him. The review will start immediately and should be concluded within the shortest possible time frame needed to produce a comprehensive review of the events. Once completed, the Report will be published by UEFA on www.uefa.com in the interests of transparency.”

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