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News ID: 103261
Publish Date : 01 June 2022 - 21:26
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LONDON (AFP) - British football fans and officials have condemned French police for using tear gas on Liverpool supporters ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final in Paris, saying they were treated “like animals”.
One fan, Paul Machin, said in a YouTube video that what he witnessed in Paris was “unlike anything I’ve seen at a football match before”, condemning “totally and utterly reprehensible behavior from the French police who were an absolute disgrace”.
Another supporter, Andrew Whittle, told Sky News: “Everyone was just funnelled into one place” and the crush “was a real Hillsborough sort of moment”.
Although no-one was seriously injured, frightening scenes outside the Stade de France have prompted comparisons with the 1989 stadium disaster at a Liverpool match in Sheffield, which caused 97 deaths in a crush and prompted a major overhaul of stadium safety standards.

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