Friday, 02 June 2023 10:45 GMT

French interior minister has apologized for Champions League debacle

(MENAFN) Gerald Darmanin, France's interior minister, has apologized for "poor management" that created havoc at last month's Champions League final in Paris between Real Madrid and Liverpool, while claiming that fraudulent tickets and "delinquency" were mostly to fault.

“Should things have been managed better at the Stade de France (stadium)? The answer is yes. Am I partly responsible? The answer is yes,” Darmanin informed RTL radio.

“Of course, I readily apologise towards everyone who suffered from this bad management of the event,” he highlighted.

Darmanin accused supporters with fraudulent tickets for the disruption as scenes of fans crammed into small places and being tear-gassed by police sparked fury across Europe.

Last week, UEFA events director Martin Kallen told French senators looking into the scandal that the football body's total of bogus tickets fell far short of the tens of thousands reported by French police.

"We don't believe it's the amount mentioned in France," he said, noting that 2,600 fraudulent tickets were discovered at turnstiles, compared to Darmanin's estimate of 30,000 to 40,000 persons with and without tickets.


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