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Football: Paris

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 16934, tabled on 13 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will make a statement on discussions she has had with her French counterparts on the events that took place in connection with the UEFA Champions League final in Paris on 28 May 2022.

Answered on

16 June 2022

We were appalled by the terrifying and potentially dangerous conditions experienced by many Liverpool fans at the Champions League and I am shocked and concerned by what has come to light. I met with the French Minister for Sport last week, and raised these concerns directly, and we will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities and with Liverpool FC.

We welcome the fact that UEFA have commissioned an independent investigation, and issued an apology to fans who attended the final; and that the French Government has commissioned a review of the delivery of the event and will also be supporting the UEFA investigation.

UEFA has in place a complaints procedure for fans to present evidence, and Liverpool FC are collating fan experiences, via their website, to contribute to the UEFA investigation. We urge fans to send accounts of their experiences to the club.

Fans deserve to know what happened. So it is absolutely right that the relevant authorities are now fully investigating these events. These investigations must establish the facts so that the authorities can learn lessons from the event and ensure we do not see scenes like this again.

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