Ex-Fifa official: Uefa may punish Paris and French authorities after latest Liverpool controversy twist
Uefa may not stage any more major games in Paris and France after it was revealed the French police’s treatment of Liverpool fans before the Champions League final was based on assumptions about Hillsborough.
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after it was revealed that authorities deployed large numbers of riot police due to misconceptions about Hillsborough and hooliganism.
The Guardian reported on Wednesday (15 June) that a report produced in wake of the events outside the Stade de France showed police drew up plans based on the Hillsborough disaster.
Kick-off was delayed by over half-an-hour as police used tear gas on Liverpool supporters who were trying to enter the stadium.
“It’s up to the football authorities to police the games in a sensible manner and to prepare,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I’m not defending Uefa, I think they’ve been caught short here.
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“If I was Uefa I’d say ‘I’m not going there anymore’. In the same way that the FA have not used Hillsborough.
“Do the job and do it efficiently. On this occasion, they’ve done it very poorly.
“I thought Liverpool fans were very poorly treated and in fairness to them, look at the positive side of how they behaved.
“If they had behaved in a manner that was creating more of a problem, you could have people killed.
“At the end of the day, it’s pretty evident to any normal human being that the whole thing was policed poorly. The security and preparation for that game was not up to the usual standard of Uefa.
“They go into things when planning in a microscopic way but they clearly haven’t on this occasion.
“Hopefully this is a one-off they got wrong.”