An independent report UEFA bears “primary responsibility” for the chaotic scenes that “almost led to disaster” before last year’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.
Fans were penned in and teargassed outside Paris’s Stade de France as kick-off was delayed by 36 minutes.
UEFA and French authorities initially blamed ticketless fans for the events, but the report says there is “no evidence” to support the “reprehensible” claims.
For many Liverpool fans, the incident and subsequent attempted attribution of blame on supporters has evoked painful memories of the April 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which left Ninety-seven Liverpool supporters dead at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium, when fans were crushed because of overcrowding in the Leppings Lane End at an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.
Following the publication of the review into the Paris scenes, UEFA apologised most sincerely” for the events which unfolded, and also announce a “special refund scheme” for affected fans.