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.
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:
Pepper spraying fans outside stadium in Paris pic.twitter.com/drgzEpR9gD— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) May 28, 2022
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:
Fans left rubbing their eyes, coughing and spluttering. This has been absolutely chaotic, and needlessly so. An opening ceremony now taking place in the stadium while there’s still mayhem outside. pic.twitter.com/tttNHcYXmI— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) May 28, 2022
Even riot police and security were seen falling to the ground as a result of the pepper spray:
Police now also tending to their own because of their use of pepper-spray pic.twitter.com/1lexzHqSAf— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) May 28, 2022
And The Independent’s Mark Critchley reported that many fans were still outside the stadium when the game kicked off:
Had to let some of these fans know the Champions League final is kicking off without them. A disgrace, frankly. pic.twitter.com/qJ3jVoLeVH— Mark Critchley (@mjcritchley) May 28, 2022
Liverpool fans with tickets still waiting patiently outside. Showing remarkable good humour pic.twitter.com/jL5MmRy3Jy— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) May 28, 2022