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Paris Police Admit ‘Failure’ in Tear Gassing Liverpool FC Fans at League Final

Liverpool supporters, some feeling the effects of tear gas, at Stade de France on May 28. 

Liverpool supporters, some feeling the effects of tear gas, at Stade de France on May 28. 

Photographer: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images

The official in charge of policing at last month’s Champions League final has conceded the operation was a “failure” and appeared to back-track on previous claims that the majority of the problems were caused by ticketless fans.

Kick-off in the showpiece between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Paris was delayed as Reds fans struggled to enter the stadium, with tear gas used against them, and reports of attacks by local gangs.