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UEFA rubbish French minister’s Champions League fake tickets number

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A senior UEFA official said on Tuesday he did not believe French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin’s claims about the number of fake tickets in circulation during the chaotic scenes leading up to last year’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

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After the game on 28 May, Darmanin claimed that between 30,000 and 40,000 fake tickets in the hands of Liverpool fans were causing problems as the police directed thousands of fans into the overcrowded underpasses around the stadium, delaying the start of the match by more than 30 minutes.

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Martin Cullen, CEO of UEFA Events, who is in charge of the organization’s commercial events, told a hearing before the French Senate, which is investigating the incidents, that the figure was much lower.

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“We know that about 2,600 tickets were taken from counterfeit turnstiles,” Kellen said.

“But a lot of tickets did not reach the turnstiles … How many? We don’t know, we can’t check for sure.

“We do not believe that the number mentioned in France is between 30,000 and 40,000 people,” he added.

Keller said other factors caused problems at the Stade de France due to the chaos as French police fired tear gas at close range, even against children.

“Not only paper tickets created havoc in front of the gate,” he said.

“There are many reasons: the transport strike, the bad reaction of the stewards, the police, there were offenders and a very large flow of people in front of the stadium without tickets or with fake tickets,” he added.

Liverpool and Real Madrid fans are due to testify before the Senate later in the day.

UEFA has launched its own investigation, led by Portugal’s former education and sports minister, which Kellen said will present its findings in September.

“We thought the investigation would take at least two to three months,” Cullen said.

“Since it starts now, we could say sometime in September (based on results),” he added.

Real Madrid won the final 1-0 and became European champions for the 14th time.



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