REAL MADRID have demanded “answers and explanations” as to who is to blame for the shocking scenes before and after last weekend’s Champions League final in front of the Stade de France.
Liverpool fans who tried peacefully to enter the stadium were tear-gassed by French police.
Club CEO Billy Hogan admitted he was “completely in disbelief” after French ministers blamed Liverpool fans for the off-ground chaos.
Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin accused an “industrial level” of forging tickets to the scenes of the Stade de France carnage.
French bosses also claimed that there were no problems at all at Real Madrid.
But now Real Madrid have released a statement confirming that their fans were indeed “assaulted and robbed” outside the stadium.
Real, who won the game 1-0 after a 36-minute delay in kick-off, demanded an explanation as to why Paris had been selected for the final and what security measures were in place for the game.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine led to February’s Champions League final being moved from St Petersburg to the French capital.
A strongly worded statement from Real said: “In light of the unfortunate events that occurred on May 28th near and at the entrances of the Stade de France, including the stadium itself, Real Madrid CF would like to defend our fans Say the following were victims of these events.
“We want to know what were the reasons for determining the venue of the final and what criteria were taken into account when considering what happened that day.
“We are asking for answers and explanations that will clarify who was responsible for leaving fans helpless and defenseless. A few followers whose general behavior has been exemplary at all times.
“We understand that what should have been a big celebration of football for all the fans who attended the game turned into an unfortunate event that caused deep outrage around the world.”
Real cited plenty of social media footage, as well as eyewitness accounts, that suggested their fans were also encountering problems.
They claimed some supporters even had to spend the night in hospital after injuries.
Real Madrid’s statement continued: “As is clear from the revealing images released by the media, many of the fans were violently attacked, harassed, robbed and robbed.
“Some incidents that also occurred while they were driving their cars or buses and feared for their physical safety.
“Some of them even had to spend the night in hospital due to injuries sustained.
“Football has given the world an image far removed from the values and goals it must always pursue.
“Our supporters and fans deserve an answer and for the appropriate responsibilities to be clarified so that situations like the ones experienced are erased from football and sport forever.”
Uefa has launched its own independent investigation into events outside the Stade de France.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5482006/real-madrid-statement-champions-league-final-fans-liverpool/ Real Madrid are calling for an investigation into the ‘outrageous’ scenes at the Champions League final against Liverpool when fans were ‘assaulted and robbed’.