The 2022 Champions League Final Is Postponed Due To Security Concerns, With Liverpool Fans Stranded Outside The Stade De France

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The 2022 UEFA Champions League final was thrown into disarray when hundreds of supporters waited outside the Stade de France as kickoff approached. Fans at Gates U and X were stuck outside, unable to get in to take their places at the 90,000-seat Stade de France, after UEFA first delayed the game by 15 minutes to 3:15 p.m. ET before adding another 20 minutes to the delay.

Fans waiting to enter the stadium at Gate X informed CBS Sports that they had been detained in lines for up to three hours due to police car congestion.

In an attempt to speed up a process that was harshly condemned by Liverpool fans, the gendarmerie was deployed to the busiest gates.

“I live here and come here numerous times a year, and I’ve never seen anything like this before,” one fan remarked before the game. “Everyone usually passes via [Gate] D, and such a large crowd is unusual. They drew two police vans on either side and dug a tunnel, but picture what would happen if the supporters pushed.”

As the initial start time approached, queues at Gate U began to thin, but hundreds of people were unable to enter the stadium through Gates X and Y. As kickoff approached, at least two tear gas canisters were sprayed at supporters, one straight at those in the crows and another that blew over the fans waiting in line at Gate Y.

Fans waiting to enter the stadium for Liverpool couldn’t help but compare the scene to Hillsborough, one of soccer’s worst disasters. In a crush at the Leppings Lane end of Hillsborough during the 1989 FA Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, 96 spectators were killed, and another died as a result of their injuries. Following a protracted investigation, it was determined that Liverpool fans who had been subjected to false charges and abuses were not to blame for the disaster.