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Real Madrid Statement Challenges Champions League Final “Outrage”

The announcement goes against French Ministers’ suggestions that only Liverpool supporters faced issue

A detailed view of the Liverpool FC and Real Madrid CF badges during the UEFA Champions League Final 2021/22 Jerseys Shoot at the UEFA Headquarters, The House of the European Football, on May 6, 2022, in Nyon, Switzerland.
A detailed view of the Liverpool FC and Real Madrid CF badges during the UEFA Champions League Final 2021/22 Jerseys Shoot at the UEFA Headquarters, The House of the European Football, on May 6, 2022, in Nyon, Switzerland.
Photo by Kristian Skeie - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Today Real Madrid released a statement in both English and Spanish asking for answers regarding the organizational failures which led many Madrid fans to harm on the 28th of May in Paris.

The full statement is as follows:

In light of the unfortunate events which took place on the 28th of May in the surroundings of and at access points to the Stade de France, and even inside the stadium itself, Real Madrid C. F. wishes to express the following in defense of our fans, who were victim to said events:

1. We would like to know the reasons which led to this venue being chosen to host the final and the criteria used, taking into account the experiences of the day.

2. Furthermore, we call for answers and explanations in order to determine those responsible for leaving the fans abandoned and defenseless. Fans who in general terms showed exemplary conduct at all times.

We believe something which should have been a wonderful festival of football for all fans who attended the game, quickly turned into a series of unfortunate events which have caused a sense of outrage around the world.

As was evident in the revealing images published by the media, several fans were attacked, harassed, assaulted and robbed in violent fashion. These occurrences continued as they moved in their cars or busses, causing concern for their physical wellbeing. Certain fans even had to spend the night in hospital as a result of injuries.

Football has transmitted an image to the world which is far away from the values and goals which it should pursue. Our fans and supporters deserve a response and those responsible to be held accountable in order for events like these to be eradicated from football and sport in general.

Importantly, this statement highlights the too often overlooked safety concerns that Real Madrid fans had on the day, and underscores the “exemplary conduct” of fans in the face of violence.

Real Madrid thus joins Liverpool FC and many French senators in asking for answers about these horrible events, which should not have been allowed to happen at a sporting event.