Real Madrid REJECT UEFA’s ‘insufficient’ proposal to refund Champions League final tickets
Real Madrid REJECT UEFA’s plan to refund fans for last year’s chaotic Champions League final in Paris, branding it ‘insufficient’ – as they pledge to help supporters file their own legal claims
- The club released a damning statement rejecting UEFA’s compensation proposal
- Last year’s Champions League final was tarnished by chaos ahead of kick-off
- Real Madrid urged that they would help their fans make appropriate legal claims
By Ben Willcocks For Mailonline
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Real Madrid have released a damning statement rejecting UEFA’s plan to compensate fans with reimbursed tickets in the wake of the chaotic Champions League final last year.
The governing body last month absolved supporters of blame and accepted their own responsibility for the disarray and horror that ruined last season’s final between Real Madrid and Liverpool.
Supporters suffered immensely from a clear lack of organisation at the Stade de France last year, and French police subsequently attempted to blame ticketless Liverpool fans for the widespread disorder.
UEFA conducted their own investigation into the shambolic and dangerous scenes, which led to the game delaying its kick-off by over 40 minutes, and have since agreed to reimburse those who purchased a ticket.
On Thursday, Real Madrid released a statement on their club website to insist that this offer of compensation simply was not good enough, considering the severity of UEFA’s incompetence.
UEFA offered compensation to Real Madrid fans after last year’s Champions League final chaos
Disorder outside the Stade de France delayed kick-off between Real Madrid and Liverpool by over 40 minutes and subsequently spoiled the Champions League final for both sets of fans
The Spanish club – led by president Florentino Perez (above) – urged the offer to refund tickets was ‘insufficient’ given the severity of UEFA’s incompetence in failing to organise the event
A section of the lengthy statement read: ‘The report holds UEFA responsible for the arbitrary choice of the venue and for the organisation of the final itself, whose serious deficiencies endangered the safety and physical integrity of the fans who attended the match.
‘Many of them were victims of theft of tickets and personal effects such as bags, telephones and wallets. And what is more serious, some of these fans suffered physical attacks that required medical attention and hospitalisation.
‘Given the forcefulness of the experts’ conclusions and the seriousness of the facts described, Real Madrid has been holding talks with UEFA in order to assess the compensation that would be offered to fans.
‘Our club trusted at all times that these solutions would be commensurate with the seriousness of the facts, the scope of the damages caused and UEFA’s responsibility for all of this.
‘Unfortunately, our club considers the UEFA proposal insufficient.’
Liverpool fans were also held in ‘long and slow moving’ hour-long queues outside the stadium
Liverpool fans were initially blamed by French police for the disruptions outside the stadium
As a result, the Spanish club said it would help members and fans who experienced any kind of harm at the final in Paris to make the appropriate claims against UEFA for their personal and legitimate interests.
Madrid members and fans were promised details within days of how to pursue legal action against UEFA.
The dispute is the latest legal rift between the Champions League winners and the competition’s organisers.
Both await a European Court of Justice ruling into a challenge to UEFA’s authority over international competitions brought by Madrid and other clubs who launched the failed Super League project in April 2021.
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