police prefect takes legal action for “massive counterfeit banknote fraud”

Controversy takes a legal turn. The Paris police chief, Didier Lallement, decided to take legal steps too “Mass forgery” in the Champions League final, disturbed by numerous incidents near the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

In a report to the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, learned of Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Sunday 29 May, the prefect of the Paris police explains that “Considers it necessary to identify those responsible for this massive ticket fraud, which could have very serious consequences for the security of spectators, both at the entrance and at the stadium itself”. “In my opinion, the seriousness of these facts justifies referral to the prosecutor’s office”writes Mr. Lallement.

Saturday’s start of the prestigious Champions League final, between Real Madrid and Liverpool (a 1–0 victory for the Spanish club), was delayed by thirty-six minutes due to problems with English supporters entering the stadium. The pre-game was marked by chaotic scenes around the stadium with no serious injuries.

Ministerial meeting Monday

Earlier today, the Ministry of Sport and Olympics announced that the organizers of the final, the police and local authorities will meet on Monday at “Discovering dysfunction” and problems with fan access on the Stade de France.

“Together with the Minister of the Interior, we regret the incidents that have ruined the Champions League evening on Saturday night at the Stade de France and we regret that some fans with tickets were not able to attend the game.”Amélie Oudéa-Castera, the new minister for sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, wrote in a press release.

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“The priority now is to very precisely identify the dysfunctions with UEFA [l’Union européenne des associations de football]French Football Association, Stade de France, Paris Police Prefecture, Seine-Saint-Denis Prefecture and Saint-Denis City Hall, to draw all conclusions to prevent a recurrence of such incidents. future major international sporting events “continues the press release.

Many critics in France and abroad

As of 6.30pm, many fans with tickets have been blocked throughout the stadium from entering the first security checkpoints. Around 8 p.m., the moods began to heat up, several dozen people climbed the last access barriers inside the sports hall without hesitation. Police intervened by dispersing the crowd and letting ticket fans, including their families, pass through with tear gas.

According to the European Football Union (UEFA) “Thousands of viewers” appeared with “Counterfeit banknotes that did not work”creation “Accumulation of viewers” in queues.

Since the end of the match, on Saturday evening, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has been pointing his finger at the posture “Thousands of British fans without tickets or with counterfeit tickets forced entry” Stade de France. “Attempts to break in and deceive thousands of England fans have complicated the work of the flight attendants and the police force, but will not tarnish this victory”Amelie Oudéa-Castér, the Minister of Sport, outbid.

The version of the authorities undermined by the testimony

From Saturday evening, numerous testimonies from journalists or English fans on the spot, along with photos and videos, nevertheless undermined this version, pointing the finger at the defective organization and overly aggressive attitude of the police.

British Merseyside-Liverpool police present at the stadium mentioned on Twitter “Shocking circumstances” and defended behavior “exemplary” followers Reds during the meeting, ” the worst “ says she never had to do with an organization. Also present at the stadium, Labor MP for West Liverpool, Ian Byrne, reported: “Terrible Security” and “Life-threatening Organization”. “We were treated like animals. That was awful “lamented in front of the Sky Sports channel microphone.

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“We are very disappointed with the access problems and security breaches experienced by Liverpool fans”lamented the English club in a press release.

Many critics in France and abroad have spoken about the organization and management of this sporting event, which was a test for the Rugby World Cup, hosted by France in 2023, and the Paris Olympics in 2024.

Considering Saturday night as “Humiliation for our country”Michel Savin, Senator Les Républicains (LR) from Isère and chairman of the Senate study group on sporting practices and major sporting events, announced for his part that he would request the opening of the parliamentary inquiry committee on Monday “To shed light on the causes and dysfunctions that marred the organization of this event”.

The world with AFP

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