Britain’s Prime Minister’s Office said on Monday it was “extremely disappointed” with the way England fans were treated by law enforcement on Saturday in the Champions League final at the Stade de France. Boris Johnson’s spokesman notably called on UEFA to conduct an investigation with the French authorities to better understand the events.
Downing Street said it was “extremely disappointed” on Monday with the treatment inflicted on the English supporters of Liverpool on Saturday during the Champions League final, repelled by the police near the Paris stadium where the match was played against the Real Madrid. “The fans deserve to know what happened,” added Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman, urging UEFA to “work closely with the French authorities in a full investigation” and publish the findings.
Stade de France images deemed “disturbing and worrying”
“We know that many Liverpool fans have traveled to Paris in time to support their team,” he added, stressing that UEFA’s statements referring to a late arrival of supporters does not correspond to what lived many people who were around the stadium. “We are extremely disappointed with the way they were treated,” he continued, judging the images of the Stade de France “deeply disturbing and worrying”.
These statements came at the very time when a press conference was being held in Paris on the incidents of this evening, the French Ministry of the Interior affirming that “30,000 to 40,000 English supporters found themselves at the Stade de France, either without tickets, or with forged banknotes”.