UEFA, after its investigation, dismantles the figures of the French minister in the Champions League final

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Paris (AFP) – UEFA, which began its investigation into the Champions League final security fiasco, spoke on Tuesday of the chaos linked to “multiple causes” at the Stade de France, dismantling in front of the French Senate the figures on false tickets that were made by the French authorities.

When the French Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, had maintained before the senators the controversial figure of “35,000 fans” with false tickets or without tickets, a person in charge of UEFA, the organizing body of the Champions League, denied this total.

“We know that around 2,600 tickets arrived at the control were false,” said Martin Kallen, director general of UEFA Events, a subsidiary of the European body in charge of the commercial operations of events.

“But many of the false entries did not reach the control machines (…) How many? We do not know, we could not verify. We do not believe that it is the figure mentioned in France after the game, that is to say more or less between 30,000 and 40,000,” he noted, adding that “several thousand entries were false.”

In the hours after this final between Real Madrid and Liverpool (1-0), Gérald Darmanin had placed the British fans as responsible for the incidents, speaking of “massive fraud” in the ticket office and arousing the anger of the fan associations .

Before the senators, on June 1, the Minister of the Interior admitted his mea culpa in the organization of the final in his hearing, although maintaining his controversial version on the number of false entries.

Liverpool and Real Madrid fans are due to be heard by the French Senate this Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. GMT).

Real Madrid fans celebrate the victory over Liverpool at the end of the Champions League final played on May 28, 2022 at the Stade de France, on the outskirts of Paris Thomas Coex AFP/Files

Heard this Tuesday morning by the senators, Martin Kallen spoke about the role in this UEFA final, which controls in particular the ticket office.

For the Swiss leader, printed tickets, more easily falsifiable, were less timely than electronic ones. But “it wasn’t just paper tickets that created chaos at the gates,” he noted.

“The causes are multiple: transport strike, bad reactions from stadium workers and law enforcement, there were criminals (in the perimeter of the stadium), an extremely large flow into the stadium without tickets or with false tickets,” he added. .

He specified that UEFA is going to take “some measures” that it will communicate later, after the independent investigation that it requested at the end of May, which began “this week” and that it could present its conclusions in September.