‘My wife was MUGGED… my eldest boy was ATTACKED’: Jason McAteer gives emotional personal account of the events outside the Stade de France at the Champions League final… as he reflects on a ‘scary’ evening for Liverpool fans in Paris
- Liverpool played Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday
- The game was overshadowed by Liverpool fans struggling to get into the ground
- The match had to be delayed by 36 minutes due to these outside issues
- UEFA have blamed the chaos on fans turning up with fake tickets or no tickets
- However, the problems seem to have started with the fans being funnelled into a small area by the French police
- The French police then used pepper spray as the situation got out of control
- Jason McAteer has revealed that some of his family members were attacked
Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer has revealed that his family were caught up in the troubling scenes that overshadowed Saturday’s Champions League final.
With the Reds taking on Real Madrid in Paris, 20,000 Liverpool fans tried to get into the Stade de France ahead of kick-off in the hope of watching their team claim a seventh European Cup.
However, a significant number of supporters had problems with getting into the stadium, and McAteer has given a personal account of how the evening played out for him and his loved ones.
Jason McAteer has said his family members were affected by the problems outside the ground
Large queues formed outside the ground as fans struggled to get into the Stade de France
UEFA initially stated the final had been delayed due to the ‘late arrival of fans’
‘My wife was mugged which was sad,’ McAteer told LFC TV.
‘My eldest boy was attacked. You shouldn’t go to a football match and have to deal with that. It’s wrong. It’s upsetting, it’s scary.’
The final was due to kick-off at 8pm (UK time), but it was put back by 36 minutes, with UEFA initially announcing that the delay had been caused by the ‘late arrival of fans’ to the ground.
They subsequently released a statement blaming ‘thousands of ticketless fans’ turning up at the stadium for the issues that ensued – a claim that has been backed by the French interior minister.
Police used pepper spray on supporters as they tried to get into the stadium ahead of kick-off
The pepper spray was used on children as well as pregnant women in shocking scenes in Paris
Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has hit back at UEFA, though, after his side’s 1-0 defeat, accusing the governing body of lying about what went on outside the Stade de France, as he revealed that one of his friends was refused access to the stadium despite having a legitimate ticket.
Sportsmail has also reported that fans arrived in plenty of time, but large crowds of people were funnelled into a small area by police, who then locked some of the gates to the turnstiles and used pepper spray on supporters, including children and pregnant women, as they struggled to control the situation.
Liverpool have reacted angrily to Saturday’s events, calling for a formal investigation to understand why the fans were policed in this manner.
The UK government also wants the matter to be looked into after 68 arrests were made and 174 people were left with injuries on a hollow evening in the French capital.