Liverpool vs Real Madrid delayed as riot police ‘tear gas fans’ at Champions League final

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Liverpool’s Champions League final showdown with Real Madrid has been delayed by 15 minutes. The game was due to start at 8pm. However, it’ll now take place 15 minutes later than planned with fans having trouble with getting into the Stade De France. 

Pundits on BT Sport were shocked when they had to announce the game would be delayed by 15 minutes.

Fans have been having trouble getting into the stadium in Paris, which is why it’s been put back. Fans have booed the announcement, too, with singer Camila Cabello’s pre-match song also delayed.

Footage posted on social media shows fans trying to storm into the ground, while security was slammed as ‘shambolic’ by Sky Sports pundit Kelly Cates. 

She said: “Absolutely shambolic at the Stade de France. No way in, no way of knowing which way to go. Stay safe if you’re heading in It has the potential to be very dangerous.”

It’s since emerged police have used tear gas on fans outside the stadium as they look to get the occasion under control. 

Jake Humphrey broke the news on BT Sport and then said: “We don’t know whats going on but all you can pray for is people’s safety. You come to Liverpool match to enjoy yourself – you dont expect dramas or to get hurt.”

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French outlet RMC Sport claimed beforehand that “hundreds” of fans had managed to get past security and into the stadium despite not having tickets for the match.

Fans were apparently forced to wait in huge queues outside the ground.

It’s also been reported that Liverpool fans were, rather bizarrely, being shephered away from their seats to the Madrid end.

The small entrance for ticket holders meant fans were bunched in, with supporters whistling in a tense atmosphere.

Roads were closed in the capital by the French authorities prior to Saturday night’s fixture, causing traffic jams and also resulting in Liverpool’s team bus arriving late for the game.

Liverpool were also struck with an injury scare prior to the contest.

Thiago was hobbling in the build-up but, for now, starts the game.

Steven Gerrard, speaking on BT Sport, opened up on the Spain international by saying: “Let’s hope he’s fit to play.

“It’d be a shame if we’re not going to witness him playing tonight and I think it could be a big moment.

“[Naby] Keita’s a different player, he gives Liverpool something different. Of course he’s fantastic as well, but I think the midfield battle will be key tonight.

“You look at the midfield, Liverpool have to play with a certain level of control because they don’t want to be chasing all night.

“Let’s hope he’s fit, because he gives Liverpool that control in the middle.”

And Rio Ferdinand said: “He doesn’t look like he’s moving perfectly, 100 per cent there, I’ve got to be honest and he doesn’t look too happy either.

“At this stage, you can’t take chances.

“You can’t take chances with fitness at this level.”

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