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Stade de France: FFF and UEFA estimate 2,800 “fake scanned tickets” on Saturday

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The French Football Federation and UEFA have estimated the number of “fake tickets scanned” at the Stade de France on Saturday at the Stade de France during the Champions League final at “2,800”, a source familiar with the matter told AFP on Tuesday. confirming information from RMC Sports.

The French Football Federation and UEFA have estimated the number of “fake tickets scanned” at the Stade de France on Saturday at the Stade de France during the Champions League final at “2,800”, a source familiar with the matter told AFP on Tuesday. confirming information from RMC Sports.

A “massive, industrial and organized” fraud

The FFF and UEFA gave this assessment during the meeting Monday at the Ministry of Sports intended to draw lessons from the fiasco of this meeting. But among these 2,800 counterfeit notes, there may be real notes that have been incorrectly activated, according to lawyer Pierre Barthélémy, interviewed by AFP.

On Monday, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin spoke of “massive, industrial and organized” ticket fraud which would be the cause of the chaos, evoking 30,000 to 40,000 English supporters at the Stade de France “either without tickets or with counterfeit tickets”. But the minister was content to give a percentage of “70%” of counterfeit paper notes detected in the pre-filtering on the English side, without giving a figure.

The 2,800 “fake tickets scanned”, according to sources familiar with the matter, are a figure “to be taken with caution”, according to Me Barthélémy, lawyer for groups of French supporters and present at the match on Saturday evening.

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An investigation entrusted to the Parisian judicial police

“E-tickets had to be activated, and there were breakdowns, computer bugs at the gates which caused some real tickets to be scanned as fake,” he explains.

“I want proof of this from the testimony of Robertson, the Liverpool player, who offered official tickets to relatives. Once at the turnstiles, they were told that these tickets were fake,” recalled Pierre Barthélémy.

An investigation has been entrusted to the Paris judicial police into the alleged ticket fraud and UEFA has launched an independent investigation to shed light on Saturday’s incidents.

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“The investigations (…) will establish the accuracy of the facts, the volumes, traffic or no traffic, the origin of this traffic, and what happened exactly”, declared the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa- Castera on the sidelines of a visit to the organizing committee of the Paris Olympics. “We all need to understand,” she added.

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