UEFA will refund Liverpool fans who paid up to £585 for a ticket at the Champions League final in Paris last May.
The event had organizational failures that led to teargas and logistical errors for Reds supporters by French police.
UEFA will refund 19,618 tickets for Liverpool fans who attended the Champions League final in Paris last May. The event was marred by incidents and the refund scheme covers prices from £59.40 to £585.70 for a seat.
This decision was influenced by Liverpool, who were part of the process from the beginning.
Their fans faced teargas and crush around the stadium before the game, but they were wrongly accused of causing trouble by UEFA and the French government. This led to a refund.
Both later rowed back on those claims with a UEFA-commissioned report later praising their conduct and saying the organizational failures from the two governing bodies could have had catastrophic consequences.
Due to crowd issues, the final was 38 minutes late. Real Madrid won 1-0 and fans inside the stadium were told it was a “security issue”.
In February, UEFA apologized to Liverpool and pledged to provide “a special refund scheme for fans”. On Tuesday, the organization followed through on this promise by announcing the details of the refund scheme.
Certain Real Madrid supporters will have the opportunity to receive refunds, including those who were unable to enter the stadium prior to the originally planned start time or were unable to enter the stadium at all. These individuals will be able to make a claim for a refund.
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We have taken into account a huge number of views expressed both publicly and privately and we believe we have devised a scheme that is comprehensive and fair.
We value the input from the Liverpool FC supporter organisations Spirit of Shankly (SoS) and Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association (LDSA) as well as the open and transparent dialogue throughout this period.UEFA general secretary Theodore Theodoridis
The report states that UEFA, as the event owner, has been assigned “primary responsibility” for the incident under consideration. However, it is believed that some commission members did not agree with this determination.
Additionally, the report indicates that the police and the French football federation share responsibility due to their respective roles in ensuring public safety.
The commission rejected attempts to blame ticketless fans by French authorities on the night of May 28 and said late arriving supporters were not a cause as problems were apparent about three hours before kick-off.