Fiasco at the Stade de France: UEFA dismantles the figures of Gérald Darmanin on the fake tickets

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According to the UEFA Events general manager, who spoke to the Senate on Tuesday, June 21, “about 2,600 tickets had been brought to the turnstiles” at the Stade de France during the Champions League final on May 28, “wrong”. In doing so, they beat the figures presented by the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin.

UEFA, which began its investigation into the Champions League final security fiasco, spoke of chaos related to “multiple causes” at the Stade de France on Tuesday, June 21. French authorities.

While Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin had maintained the controversial number of “35,000 supporters” against the senators, he said either with forged tickets or without tickets, an official from UEFA, the governing body of the League of Champions, surpassed that total.

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“We know that we brought about 2,600 tickets to the turnstiles that were fake,” said Martin Kallen, director of UEFA Events, a subsidiary of the European body responsible for the operation of commercial events. “But many fake tickets never made it to the turnstiles (…) How many? We don’t know, we couldn’t really check. We don’t believe that was the figure mentioned after the first days in France , or more or less more 30,000 to 40,000”, he claimed, shouting “several thousand tickets that were fake”.

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In the first hours after this stormy final between Real Madrid and Liverpool (1-0), Gérald Darmanin had blamed British supporters for the incidents. He called “mass fraud” at the box office and aroused the ire of supporters’ associations.

For the senators on June 1, the Secretary of the Interior then outlined a mea culpa on the organization of the final during his hearing, while keeping his controversial version on the number of false tickets.

Supporters of Liverpool and Real Madrid will be heard by the Senate today at 4.30 pm.

“Work with electronic tickets as much as possible”

Heard Tuesday morning before the Senators, Martin Kallen returned to the role in this UEFA final, which notably keeps control of the ticket window. For the Swiss leader, paper tickets, which are easier to forge, were less suitable than certified electronic tickets.

But “it wasn’t just the paper tickets that caused the chaos outside the doors,” he argued. “The causes are multiple: transport strike, bad response from stewards, law enforcement officers, there have been criminals (within scope, editor’s note)an extremely large flow for the stadium with no tickets or with false tickets,” he developed, before making some recommendations for the future.

For example, “working with electronic tickets as much as possible”, “working more on the perimeters” of the security around the stadium, or “communicating better with the actors present to be informed about the situation inside and outside the stadium”.

He indicated that UEFA would take “some measures” that it would communicate later, pending the independent inquiry it commissioned at the end of May, which started its work “this week” and should deliver its conclusions in September. “We thought the investigation would take at least two or three months. As it starts now, we could say sometime in September,” he told the senate delegation dealing with the incidents at the Stade de France. UEFA entrusted this internal investigation to the former Portuguese Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Tiago Brandao Rodrigues.

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