“Stade de Farce”, “chaos”… the European press criticizes the organization of the Champions League final


« Prank Stadium », « night of chaos » : without eclipsing Real Madrid’s 14th European coronation, the European press has very harsh words this Sunday, May 29 on the organization of the Champions League final marked on Saturday by incidents outside the Stade de France.

More than on the defeat of Liverpool (1-0), the British media logically insist on the serious failures observed on the sidelines of the meeting due to the difficulties of access to the enclosure of Saint-Denis, which delayed the coup d sending off the match for more than 30 minutes and caused tensions away from home.

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The tabloid The Sun is the most virulent with a title in French (« Prank Stadium ») and the testimony of Marvin Matip, the brother of Reds defender Joel Matip, who said he had to take refuge in a restaurant with his pregnant wife to escape the tear gas scattered in their direction.

The Telegraph, for its part, publishes the damning account of Jason Burt, the head of the newspaper’s football section. “I was in front of gate Y when I was caught in the tear gas used indiscriminately by the French riot police at the Stade de France. I was talking to supporters who had been waiting quietly, some for three hours, when they reached my face, stinging my eyes, lips and tongue. I saw that we dispersed some. I couldn’t believe it (…) it was absolutely shameful”he said in a post.

« They need to apologize »

Highlighting the  » bottlenecks «  to which the Reds supporters were directed, despite having arrived two and a half hours before kick-off and controls « unbearably slow »Burt believes that “It’s a shame that UEFA accused the fans of arriving late. It is simply wrong. They tried to launch their version. Now they have to apologize”.

On the Spanish side, the focus is mainly on Real Madrid’s 14th continental title. The sports daily Marca has renamed this coronation the “Decimocurtua”a play on words between the name of the impassable Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and the number fourteen. “With nine saves, Courtois was the undisputed hero of the final”highlighted the best-selling newspaper in Spain this Sunday on its front page.

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The Belgian goalkeeper is everywhere, on all the headlines of the Spanish sports press, this Sunday. “Courtois offers the Champions League” at Real, the Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo lined up, with a large photo of the Belgian giant holding the « Big ear cut » at its one. But the incidents of the evening also occupy a large place in the Iberian newspapers.

« Barbarian hordes »

Alfredo Relano, honorary president of the sports daily As and respected voice of Spanish football, is very harsh in an editorial, denouncing Liverpool and « its hordes of barbarians without an entry ticket » who “created a nameless scandal at the gates of the stadium, which could well have caused a disaster, even if everything was fortunately back to normal with the delay in kick-off. »

“These facts cannot go unpunished”he added. « A shame: the final started half an hour late because of the chaos at the stadium entrances »posted the Catalan daily Sport on its front page this Sunday.

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The German media are also wondering about UEFA’s organizational flaws. « The Evening of Chaos »writes Bild, for whom, in sporting terms, it is « Klopp’s bitterest defeat », the German coach of Liverpool. In Italy, the press greets without surprise the 4th C1 of  » the emperor «  Carlo Ancelotti (Corriere dello Sport).

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“Another perfect match, for the choices, the management and the preparation. He is the first to reach four Champions League. A huge season, Italian pride, thank you Carlo! », underlines the Gazzetta dello sport. The Corriere dello Sport returns like all the Italian press to the “organization flop” Parisian. “A bad evening at the end of a sad season for France, where security and public order problems have multiplied in the stadiums”writes the Roman newspaper.



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