World News

How the Champions League final almost ended in disaster – podcast | New

On the morning of May 28, thousands of Liverpool supporters arrived in the Paris fan zones for the highlight of the European football season that night: their team’s Champions League final against Real Madrid. The atmosphere was good-natured, the expectation was electric. It ended in chaos and came closer to disaster than many thought at the time.

Thousands of Liverpool supporters, like Kevin Cowley, were piled up on a dangerous road to the stadium. Later, as the crush escalated and the match was delayed, they would be blamed for the event becoming near fatal. For Cowley, a survivor of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, it brought him back to that day, he says Michael Safi.

For David Conn, the echoes of that day in 1989, the worst in Liverpool history, can be found everywhere. When football came together to say ‘never again’ after Hillsborough, it hardly seemed possible that on European football’s biggest night, more than 30 years later, fans could be so close to losing their lives. .

Photo d'archive des fans de Liverpool<br />File photo dated 28-05-2022 of Liverpool fans stuck outside the ground show their match tickets at the Stade de France, Paris.  Liverpool fans have been unfairly blamed for the chaos that surrounded last season’s Champions League final in Paris for "To divert attention" of the failure of the organizers, found a report from the French Senate.  Issue date: Wednesday July 13, 2022. PA Photo.  See the SOCCER final in AP history.  Photo credit should read Adam Davy/PA Wire. max&s=5b578aece941aea6489c4d6f8a9b8435″/>
<p>                    <input type=

Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Support the Guardian

The Guardian is editorially independent. And we want to keep our journalism open and accessible to everyone. But we increasingly need our readers to fund our work.

Support the Guardian

theguardian Gt

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.
Back to top button