Thierry Henry’s comments about Saint-Denis from before UCL final go viral

  • Rob Swan
Thierry Henry’s comments about Saint-Denis from before Champions League final have gone viral

Comments that Thierry Henry made about Saint-Denis, the suburb of Paris where Saturday’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid took place, have gone viral on social media,

The retired France international warned his CBS Sports colleagues that Saint-Denis, where the Stade de France is located, is a very different place to Paris after Real Madrid booked their place in the final on May 4.

The 2021-22 Champions League final was marred by awful scenes before kick-off, which was delayed by over 30 minutes.

Many Liverpool fans were left deeply upset by their experience of trying to get into the stadium.

A Liverpool MP who was caught up in the chaos described it as his most horrific experience since the Hillsborough tragedy.

‘’It was absolutely horrific, the most horrific experience I’ve been involved in since 1989,” Ian Bryne told ITV.

There will be many people like me who were at Hillsborough who would have felt those horrible sensations come back to them – when they were seeing people crushed against fences.

I was lucky to get through after about 30 minutes and I actually begged the stewards to open up the remaining turnstiles – it was horrific.”

Liverpool fans and police in Saint-Denis
PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 28: Police and stewards are seen outside the stadium as Liverpool fans queue outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League final match between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid at Stade de France on May 28, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, a Liverpool fans union has said that supporters attending the final were “mugged” and “assaulted” outside the stadium and claim police did nothing to intervene, per The Independent.

And the Merseyside police force have called for an enquiry, writing in a statement: “We are hugely disappointed at the stadium entry issues and breakdown of the security perimeter that Liverpool fans faced this evening at Stade de France.

“This is the greatest match in European football and supporters should not have to experience the scenes we have witnessed tonight. We have officially requested a formal investigation into the causes of these unacceptable issues.”

Police pepper spray UCL final
PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 28: Police spray tear gas at Liverpool fans outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League final match between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid at Stade de France on May 28, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Several weeks before the final, Henry was keen to make his feelings about Saint-Denis clear.

“Be careful, the stadium is in Saint-Denis, not in Paris,” the Frenchman said. “It’s near Paris but trust me you don’t want to be in Saint-Denis. It’s not the same as Paris, trust me.”

Watch the clip here:

Coming from a suburb of Paris himself (Les Ulis), Henry is probably in a more qualified position than most to comment about the area where the Stade de France is based.

Stade de France hosted the Euro 2016 final and is also set to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup final next October.

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