The UEFA Champions League final 2022 was held in Paris. Real Madrid faced Liverpool in the final as the Spanish giants came on top to win a record 14th UCL title. However, the Champions League final was full of controversy regarding the handling of fans outside the stadium.
Due to the situation outside the stadium, the game had to be postponed by half an hour. Liverpool complained about the UCL final hosts. Real Madrid condemned the events in Paris as well after being crowned 14-time winners of the Champions League.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has now opened up about the night of the final.
Jurgen Klopp opens up about the night in Paris for the Champions League final
Klopp said, via Marca: “There are different things to talk about.”
“Some of them, I think, it makes no sense to talk about because there is an ongoing investigation.”
“There is the other part of what I did know, even if I didn’t know a lot immediately after the game.”
“But a situation outside? I heard first hand from my family because they were in the middle of everything.”
“They texted me before the game, ‘We are in, good luck’ stuff like this but they were pretty much one-and-a-half hours away from being in the stadium.”
“What happened to them happened to everyone, pretty much. Two or three people I spoke to were lucky, they got in and were waiting.”
“Then there were all the issues through the game. People sitting on seats next to them (that weren’t theirs). They were looking: ‘what are you doing here?'”
“There was not one Liverpool supporter in the wrong spot. There were a lot of spots occupied definitely by people without tickets but they were not Liverpool supporters.”
Klopp further added that losing the final was the least of their problems in that night in Paris. He said: “These kinds of things need to be sorted and clarified, definitely.”
“First and foremost for the reason that it cannot happen again. I think we were really lucky that more did not happen.”
“We have to make sure it does not happen again at all. As I said: the smallest problem after a game like this is that we lost the game.”
“It says it all. It’s why everyone, the authorities, have to make sure this does not happen again. It was clear where it was (held) was a problem.”
“I think in Paris, the authorities would have known about the regional issues there. Anyway, UEFA decided pretty quick that it will be in Paris.”
“This is not the first time UEFA and Paris have worked together. I’m 100 per cent sure that nobody made a mistake intentionally.”
“It’s not that everyone thought, ‘Ah, pfft, who cares how supporters get in!” But the mistakes still happened – now we have to sort it.”