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Liverpool and Uefa battle it out as the Champions League final is marred by a night of chaos outside the stadium

LIVERPOOL and UEFA were locked in a war of words last night after chaotic scenes outside the stadium overshadowed the Champions League final

Reds fans were sprayed with tear gas and pepper spray as thousands were denied entry to the game which Real Madrid won 1-0.

Liverpool are in a war of words with Uefa after fans were pepper-sprayed by French police

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Liverpool are in a war of words with Uefa after fans were pepper-sprayed by French policePhoto credit: Reuters

A statement from Liverpool said: “We are extremely disappointed by the stadium access issues and security perimeter collapse faced by Liverpool fans tonight at the Stade de France.

“This is the biggest game in European football and the fans shouldn’t have to live through the scenes we witnessed tonight.

“We have officially requested a formal investigation into the causes of these unacceptable issues.”

Kick-off was postponed due to security issues, but UEFA claimed the problems were caused by counterfeit tickets.

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They said: “In the run-up to the game, the turnstiles at the Liverpool end were blocked by thousands of fans who had bought fake tickets that didn’t work in the turnstiles.

“This led to a conglomeration of fans trying to get in.

“Therefore the kick-off was postponed by 35 minutes to allow as many fans as possible with real tickets to enter.

“As the numbers outside the stadium continued to build up after kick-off, the police dispersed them with tear gas and forced them out of the stadium.

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“UEFA understands those affected by these events and will urgently investigate this matter further together with the French police and authorities, as well as the French Football Federation.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed his thoughts after the final whistle.

The German said: “I couldn’t speak to my family but I know the families had real problems getting to the stadium.

“I don’t know the reasons. We have to wait for the investigation.

“I’ve heard a few things that weren’t good or nice.

“It was difficult out there. I do not know more.”

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Aila Slisco

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