UEFA president apologises to Liverpool & Real Madrid over 2022 Champions League final
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has apologised to fans of both Liverpool and Real Madrid over the events surrounding the 2022 Champions League final.
The game, which was ultimately won 1-0 by Real, was marred by ugly clashes between fans and police before the game, after which there was a significant investigation into what had happened.
Blame was initially put on supporters, who were teargassed by police and trapped in bottlenecks, but those involved always argued their innocence and an independent report last month ruled that UEFA bore ‘primary responsibility’.
Claims from both UEFA and French authorities that ‘ticketless fans’ were to blame were also dismissed, with this report stating there was no evidence to suggest supporters were responsible.
UEFA issued an apology statement after the report was released, but Ceferin has now spoken publicly to discuss the incident.
“I feel sorry for what happened and we will make sure that it doesn’t happen again, that’s the most important thing for me,” he told Gary Neville on The Overlap.
“When I went to the match, I had a meeting with the King of Spain and someone came and said there is a problem with some entrances with the fans. We didn’t know how serious that was back then, because UEFA does not have jurisdiction outside the stadium. The French police did not communicate with us.
“Trust me, there is not a single person in UEFA who is not terribly sorry, and the main topic of conversation is how to make sure that it does not happen again. Thank God, nothing terrible happened.