Champions League final report criticizes UEFA management after ‘dismal failure’
A damning report into security breaches during the Champions League final in May called on UEFA to carry out an urgent review of its management following ‘glaring failings in all aspects’ of ‘accountability’ organization for stadium security”.
The release of the 160-page report takes into consideration 485 eyewitness accounts, coinciding with Monday night’s BBC Panorama documentary, which examines what happened at the Stade de France before, during and after Real Madrid’s win over Liverpool .
Some of the main findings of the report, which is separate from the UEFA review due to be published in November, relate to inadequate pre-match preparation by UEFA and agencies in Paris, as well as arrangements for the crowd safety.
Combined with aggressive policing, the report said fans were “traumatized” by unprovoked assaults by police and local gangs.
The report – “Treated with Contempt: An Independent Group Report on Fans’ Experiences Before, During and After the 2022 Champions League Final in Paris” – called for all briefings between the police and the French government to be made public, concluding that UEFA had achieved a “dismal failure” in trying to meet its responsibilities.
He also said his panel “recommends that UEFA undertake an emergency management review”.