Liverpool fans plan legal action against UEFA over Paris final | Liverpool

Over 1,700 Liverpool fans have reported physical injuries or psychological trauma due to the chaos in the league Champions League A finalist in Paris on May 28 registered with law firms to file damage claims against UEFA.

Among those who subscribed to the group’s possible claims were some who reported having broken ribs when crushed at the Stade de France before the match between Liverpool The Real Madrid, and many other reports of symptoms of anxiety and PTSD.

At the match, hosted by UEFA, the European Football Association, thousands of Liverpool fans were directed by French police on Dangerous alternative route via subway, which leads to a tight checkpoint and bottleneck perimeter where huge queues build up resulting in a crush hazard. Many of the stadium’s turnstiles were subsequently closed for extended periods, which led to constant queues and more crushing hazards, as people were affected by the police’s use of pepper spray and the firing of tear gas. UEFA and French authorities blamed Liverpool fans for the chaos and Delayed launch.

Gerard Long, partner at Binghams law firm in Liverpool, said more than 1,300 people had registered their interest in a potential claim, and most were suffering from psychological trauma.

“We represent people who suffered physical injuries at the gates, and many people who suffered psychologically; some were afraid for their lives,” Long said. “Customers reported anxiety, PTSD and nightmares, and they never wanted to go to a football match European or even France again.

“Our case is that UEFA The organizers had a duty of care to the people – who paid a lot of money for tickets – and they broke that.”

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National Leigh Day registered interest from 400 people who were in the match supporting Liverpool, said Jill Patterson, partner leading the group’s potential claim. She said agents reported physical trauma and injuries, including broken bones and bruises from crushing at turnstiles, and injuries from beatings with police batons and shields.

Patterson said that people gave “really horrific” accounts of crushes, violence and distress, and reported panic attacks, anxiety, restless nights, flashbacks, and concerns for their safety in future matches.

“Our clients have told us they have been crushed and tear gassed, and in fear for their lives,” Patterson said. “Some of them are people previously affected by the Hillsborough disaster.

“Thousands of people have spent their hard-earned money on tickets and travel to what should have been a world-class event. Their safety should have been ensured; this is what they paid as part of their ticket – a well-run event with all necessary safety and security protocols and resources in place. There is no excuse. For the chaos and shock that unfolded. A Liverpool fan contacted us almost immediately after the event and we have been looking into this since then and have been in contact with French lawyers to build a strong case to try to get some fairness to the fans.”

Long and Patterson said their companies were in the final stages of collecting and reviewing evidence, working with French lawyers, and preparing to write to UEFA detailing the allegations.

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    Liverpool said this week that they had sent testimonies from 8,500 supporters of UEFA’s “independent review” of the impending disaster. Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan said evidence of his supporters’ “horrific experiences” identified crowding, inadequate travel information, problems at perimeter checkpoints and turnstiles, “excessive riot control tactics”, a lack of communication, and the “emotional impact of an incorrect mistake.” “. The reason for the delay in the start of the match “and problems entering and leaving the stadium.

    UEFA declined to respond to questions from the Guardian about the proposed legal claims. It said it would no longer answer any questions about events until its review releases its expected report at the end of November.

    UEFA said it sincerely apologizes “to all fans who experienced or witnessed frightening and disturbing situations that evening. No football fan should be put in this situation, and it should not happen again.”