Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin regrets comments made by Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp before the Champions League final.
The incidents on the sidelines of the Champions League final, Saturday at the Stade de France, reside above all in the presence of supporters equipped with “fake tickets“, according to Gérald Darmanin. The Minister of the Interior held a press conference on Monday to explain the excesses that had occurred, brandishing the “evil-root“which was a”massive, organized and industrial fraudcame from across the Channel. Many English fans had made the trip to support Liverpool, beaten in the C1 final by Real Madrid (1-0).
This difficulty in ensuring everyone’s safety, coupled with the delay of more than 30 minutes from the start of the match, has raised questions about France’s ability to organize the Rugby World Cup in 2023, as well as the Olympic Games. of Paris in 2024.”The comparison with the Rugby World Cup or the Olympic Games seems disproportionate to me, knowing that it is obviously only in football and with certain English clubs that there are these events“replied Darmanin.
Darmanin criticizesLiverpool manager»
The Minister of the Interior then blamed “the Liverpool coach who, a few days ago, it is public, called to come to France for the supporters even without tickets“. Three weeks before the final, Jürgen Klopp had actually suggested that Reds fans cross the Channel, even if only to celebrate.
SEE ALSO – The celebrations of Real players in the streets of Madrid after their coronation in the Champions League
“I don’t want to bring people to Paris but this time the city is big enough. I did it last time for Basel (in 2016 for the Europa League final, editor’s note) and they looked at me like that (he mimics astonishment, editor’s note). But I think Paris is big enough to go there without a ticket and have a good time. Keep well and be in the best mood possibleKlopp said.
Darmanin believed “between 30,000 and 40,000 British supporters without tickets or with counterfeit ticketsat the Stade de France on Saturday. Figures and accusations that have provoked skepticism in Britain, like former striker Gary Lineker who called “cringtones” the words of the Minister of the Interior.