LIVERPOOL CEO Billy Hogan admits he is “utterly in disbelief” after comments from France’s sport minister about the chaos in the Champions League final.
The Anfield boss is demanding an apology after France’s Sport Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera said Liverpool fans were “released into the wild” on Sunday.
It comes after many innocent fans were tear gas and pepper sprayed by Paris police after long queues at the Stade de France.
She added: “First of all, what happened was this mass gathering of British fans of the Liverpool club, with no tickets or with fake tickets.”
These claims were backed by French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, who said: “There was massive industrial-level fraud and the organization of fake tickets because pre-filtering by the Stade de France and the French Football Federation revealed 70 per cent of the tickets were fake.”
But Liverpool hit back after Uefa said they would launch an independent investigation into the shocking scenes.
During a question and answer session, Chief Executive Hogan called Oudea-Castera’s comments “deeply hurtful” and admitted he was “amazingly surprised” by the reaction.
And he wants an apology from Liverpool fans who saw their side lose 1-0 to Real Madrid.
Hogan said: “I would just say we are incredibly surprised that anyone in this position is commenting at all at this point when we have not had sufficient time to understand what happened.
“There has not been an independent investigation to determine all the facts. And as we said on Saturday, there needs to be that independent, transparent investigation into what’s happening at the game. This is the beginning of the process.
Most read in the Premier League
“So it is totally inappropriate to comment at this time before an investigation is launched. We should have all the facts to make sure the scenes we all saw – utterly disgraceful – from Saturday never happen again.
“By making comments so deeply unhelpful, we simply feel that everyone should focus on getting the investigation right and less on making inflammatory comments that attempt to blame responsibility for what happened on Saturday night.” , to distract.
“What I would say is that our fans received the UEFA information to travel safely to the stadium, which they did; they approached the stadium as instructed and in good time. However, they only encountered the problems when they Arrival at the stadium.” .
“Regarding the comments, we were in complete disbelief when brought to our attention earlier today.
“I think it’s important for people to know that our chairman, Tom Werner, has sent a letter to the French minister to articulate our views and ask for an apology for these comments to our fans.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5455771/liverpool-french-police-apology-demand-champions-league-final/ Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan ‘completely in disbelief’ claimed by France Sport Minister and demands apology after final mess