Liverpool fans filmed being pepper sprayed before Champions League final

  • Rob Swan
Journalist’s video of Liverpool fans being pepper sprayed before Champions League final goes viral

Liverpool fans have been filmed being pepper sprayed by police outside the Stade de France in Paris shortly before Saturday night’s Champions League final got underway.

Kick-off for the Liverpool vs Real Madrid clash was delayed by 36 minutes as chaos ensued outside the stadium.

The final was relocated from Russia to the Stade de France in February but the scenes before kick-off were deeply concerning.

There were shocking reports that tear gas and pepper spray were used on supporters attending the game.

And ESPN’s Mark Ogden posted footage of Liverpool fans being pepper sprayed which racked up thousands of retweets and likely shortly after being uploaded to Twitter.

Watch it here:

Absolutely awful.

What on earth was going on?

Goal.com’s Liverpool correspondent, meanwhile, posted a video of furious Liverpool fans describing their experience of the situation outside the ground:

Another journalist, Tariq Panja, reported that fans were left “rubbing their eyes, coughing and spluttering” after being tear gassed and pepper sprayed:

Even riot police and security were seen falling to the ground as a result of the pepper spray:

And The Independent’s Mark Critchley reported that many fans were still outside the stadium when the game kicked off:

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