No excuse for UEFA to echo Hillsborough by immediately blaming Liverpool fans | UEFA

Tday horrors of parisWith UEFA showing a shocking ignorance of the lessons of Hillsborough and other football disasters, Liverpool were already facing another problem: beware the ‘independent investigation’.

Portuguese MP Thiago Brandao Rodriguez may be made of the strongest independent mind, but UEFA has appointed him to run UEFA Champions League failure review UEFA itself is largely focused on the necessary investigation.

The build-up of disasters by police and organizers at the miserable tear gas approach to the French National Stadium was quickly recognized, by fans with video evidence, the overall group. football fans europe And some excellent reporting by sports journalists on the match. As is so often the case, the causes for the chaos can be horribly simple: the police had no practical system to somehow verify valid tickets from turnstiles and instead trapped thousands of people in a ridiculous bottleneck of age, before giving up entirely. Then there were breakdowns and shutdowns at the turnstiles which led to more massive static queues, which were obviously exacerbated by some groups of local boys who happened to get in.

Over-tooled police have been filmed firing tear gas at innocents, young and old, at times with an air of bored disapproval, so even French ministers don’t deny it. The only real sticking point left, although highly toxic, is the amount of clogging the turnstile caused by fake tickets. Ministers’ claims that there are 30-40000 Liverpool fans With fake tickets or without tickets, it seems ridiculous – where, physically, are all those tens of thousands of people? – But there will be some routine issues that have to be dealt with in any major match. However, many Liverpool fans said that their tickets, whether purchased at a high price or even, As Andy Robertson said,which was officially released to VIPs, and did not scan at the gates.

Any proper inquiry should also ask how and why, amid all this danger, UEFA made two announcements, one on the big screen for the whole world to see, and immediately blamed. Liverpool supporters. This was an unmistakable echo of an on-the-spot police cover-up in Hillsborough and it was truly appalling to see European football’s governing body come close to broadcasting an instant verdict.

The credibility of the first ad – the late arrival of fans – did not last a minute, as thousands of people immediately protested that they had been held outside for hours. However, UEFA set a second goal after the match ended, which is the accusation Thousands of Liverpool fans He had fake tickets, which I felt were instinctively far-fetched – clearly not yet created.

Those fans who were immediately accused were faced with what for many was the worst part of a horrific event: a horrific walk to the train stations, where they were violently attacked and robbed.

Some in the witty Uefa of Aleksander Ceferin may resort to comparison with Blame the fans of the South Yorkshire Police In 1989, but that only shows more ignorance. The anecdotes in UEFA statements were similar to those at Hillsborough: Late, Liverpool fans without tickets. The bereaved families of the 97 people unlawfully murdered in the FA Cup semi-final have been forced to fight for decades to refute the easy but toxic blame-making of the victims. It took them 27 years before the jury in 2016 investigation completely rejected police liesThe cause of the disaster was found to be the gross negligence of the police mismanagement of the football match.

Reckless UEFA statements led to a toxic avalanche on social media that once again demonstrated just how persistent the original police lies are for people whose support for football expresses itself in the form of a prejudiced hatred of competitors. On Saturday night it seemed that there was no kind of respect that some did not let cross, that even the bereaved family members were hunted and humiliated.

Such is the legacy of shock that thousands of Liverpool fans endure at every football match they attend. Indeed, with young people by 2022 excluded from UEFA ticket prices, many in Paris have been too Hillsborough survivorsNow in his fifties and sixties. There is simply no excuse for UEFA to be ignorant of this.

Liverpool feel the effects of tear gas entering the Paris stadium while others line up outside.
Liverpool feel the effects of tear gas entering the Paris stadium while others line up outside. Photo: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images

As French ministers ponder their unlikely case, it was also clear that British football fans weren’t helped by Brexit at all, another British outcome fueled by toxic lies on social media. Those who pushed for Britain to leave the European Union hardly considered, for good, that Britons would still be traveling, vacationing and watching football in Europe. Some misfortune will always happen and in these circumstances the British now lack equal rights and a government with a seat at the table.

The rest of Europe sees the British standing in separate lines and Boris Johnson’s government taking battles with France over migrants crossing or mussel hunting. Just as the French attack seems to play well with a certain mentality in Britain, so the French government appears to be finding it more acceptable to blame Liverpool fans rather than confront the bullying of its own police force.

The primary lesson from Hillsborough, and any other public disaster, is to wait for the facts to be established, not to issue an immediate verdict blaming the victims. UEFA was very ignorant of this principle and thus unaware of Liverpool’s sensibilities became part of the night terrors.

A truly independent investigation is needed to obtain evidence: about the disastrous organization of the UEFA Grand Final and the allegations made by the authorities to transfer responsibility – including UEFA announcements. This is why it may be advisable to exercise caution, before trusting any inquiry set up by UEFA.