Police fired tear gas at supporters on a long line to enter D France on the Staded and fought with desperate fans to see the final Champions League final on Sunday morning.
Angry Liverpool fans stuck in line were seen hanging from railings and shouting: “Let us in. We’ve got tickets.”
There have been several incidents of fans trying to break into the stadium without security. The Associated Press saw two fans – one wearing a Liverpool suit – wrestled on the ground by stewards and bundled out of the gate.
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Three more supporters were seen avoiding the stewards and running through the concourse and downstairs of the stadium. Others climb the fence instead.
Pro-pen Lacey saw “children crying, people trapped” outside the entrance.
“People started jumping in rows, then they tore down the gate and then there was a push,” Lacey said.
Police officers with batons and riot shields ran from gate to gate to block the pockets of fans who were forced to enter the stadium without showing tickets. A policeman fell to the ground and had to help other officers. Officers repeatedly used tear gas on Liverpool supporters.
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Crowd chaos in the Champions League final
A Liverpool fan kissed his ticket and finally looked up at the sky through security.
It is reminiscent of the chaos outside Wembley Stadium before last year’s European Championship final between England and Italy.
There was a long line of Liverpool fans outside the stadium with 40 minutes left in the kickoff.
Then, about 15 minutes before the scheduled kickoff at 5.00am (AEST), an announcement was made that there would be a delay, blaming the late arrival of fans at the stadium. It was greeted inside the stadium, as those fans had already endured long queues.
The game finally starts at 5.37am (AEST).
Madrid won the match 1-0.
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