Paris police chief Didier Lallement has apologized to Liverpool FC fans for using teargas at the 2021/2022 UEFA Champions League final match on May 28.
Lallement also apologized for his wrong estimation of the number of fake tickets which were in circulation before and during the match.
The European showpiece in Paris was twice delayed due to what European football governing body UEFA initially described as “security reasons” outside the Stade de France due to crowd congestion.
Real Madrid went on to lift the trophy by defeating Liverpool FC1-0 after the match started 36 minutes late at 9:36 p.m.
But it was events outside the ground that dominated the headlines.
Liverpool FC fans had complained of heavy-handed policing outside the stadium, with video footage showing teargas being used on supporters.
UEFA blamed ticketless fans trying to force entry and fake tickets.
But Liverpool FC demanded an investigation and European football’s governing body apologized to spectators and opened an inquiry.