A BBC reporter got PEPPER SPRAYED during the chaotic scenes that led to the Champions League final being delayed.
Liverpool’s clash with Real Madrid could not be kicked off at 8pm as planned after hundreds of fans struggled to get to the Stade de France.
Chaos reigned outside the stadium and fans were stopped attempting to enter the stadium.
ESPN report a gathering of supporters at perimeter points where tickets are checked and bags searched.
For this reason the authorities opened the first checkpoint to increase the flow of people and decrease the crowd.
There are also reports of some gates closing and the Reds being directed towards a small Real Madrid entrance which was quickly blocked as a large number of fans tried to get in.
This resulted in large parts of the Liverpool end being left empty minutes before kick-off, leading to the delay.
BBC reporter Nick Parrott became involved in a shocking incident, and he revealed security used pepper spray during the chaos.
He said: “I’ve just been pepper sprayed for the first time in my life, having been going to games regularly since 1994.
“I’ve been home and away and to the Champions League final before and I’ve never been pepper sprayed.
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“The gates have opened and closed repeatedly over the past hour and a half, but no one has gone through.
“Moments ago, security guards on the other side approached Liverpool fans and sprayed them with pepper spray.
“I saw around ten fans trying to climb over the fences but they weren’t all in Liverpool’s colours.
“Gate Z is currently open but there doesn’t seem to be any movement.
“I’ve never seen such chaos at a football match that I’ve personally attended and to be honest I’m just utterly amazed.
“Liverpool fans are behaving and have tried to back away from those gates to get in but the authorities just don’t seem to be doing anything.”
The game was eventually able to start at 8:37pm, with Uefa claiming it was “for security reasons”.
Originally, the governing body said the game had been postponed due to the “delayed arrival of fans”.
Even before the first kick-off at 8 p.m., it was clear that Real Madrid’s section of the Stade de France was almost full.
But Liverpool’s end was nowhere near full, with thousands of fans staying outside trying to get inside.
Liverpool star Joel Matip’s brother Marvin and pregnant sister-in-law have been forced to flee to a restaurant after abandoning their attempt to get to the Stade de France.
He said Florian Plettenberg: “The organization around and in the stadium is unworthy of a CL final!
“Using tear gas in areas with children and bystander fans is dangerous!”
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