SPORTS: Champions League – Nearly 2,000 Liverpool fans to sue UEFA over Paris fiasco
The UEFA were found to have improper preparations and a string of dysfunctions after a French senate inquiry. The Liverpool fans were not found responsible for the chaos.
London: More than 1,700 Liverpool fans who allege they were injured or suffered psychological trauma as a result of the crowd chaos at this year’s Champions League final in Paris are to sue UEFA, lawyers said on Friday.
European football governing body UEFA is facing group action following the showpiece match between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Paris on 28 May.
UEFA delayed kick-off by 35 minutes, citing “security issues”, with fans subjected to crushes, teargas, and street crime.
A French Senate inquiry contradicted initial assertions by UEFA and the French government that Liverpool fans had been mainly responsible for the trouble by not having proper tickets.
The inquiry instead cited a “string of dysfunctions” including a lack of preparation by authorities and UEFA, as well as poorly executed security arrangements.
Liverpool law firm Bingham’s said clients had spoken of “terrifying scenes” at the Stade de France.
Bingham’s has joined global law company Pogust Goodhead in a lawsuit for 1,450 clients alleging negligence, with Leigh Day, another law firm, also bringing a group action on behalf of 400 more fans.
Lawyers said they planned to sue UEFA for breach of contract in ticket sales and negligence over a duty of care they had towards supporters, who were harmed both physically and mentally.