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    Thursday, 22 September 2022

    Champions League final investigation panel to hear from visiting Liverpool fans

    Champions League final investigation panel will hear from Liverpool fans after the incident that occurred outside Stade de France

    Fans held outside during the 2022 Champions League final
    Liverpool fans held outside Stade de France during the 2022 UEFA Champions League final

    Members of an independent panel investigating the chaos surrounding the Champions League final in May will travel to Liverpool to meet fans and club officials.

    Liverpool have submitted 8,500 of 9,000 fan reports, photos and videos to the panel as the investigation into congestion and safety issues outside the Stade de France continues.

    A July Senate report found "several organizational errors" related to the event, which was moved to Paris after St. Petersburg was omitted to host the final due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    "It's important that lessons can be learned to avoid a repeat or the mistakes of Paris," Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan said, confirming that a delegation from the agency would travel to Merseyside.

    “It’ll be a great opportunity, frankly, for us to sit down with them and for them to hear directly from us in terms of our experience pre, during and post-match.

    “We’ve discussed with the panel and certainly encouraged them but I should say they were absolutely willing and wanted to meet with supporters and supporter groups.

    “We certainly welcome that. I think it’s incredibly important that they hear from those who were impacted (by) the access, egress and entire experience across what happened in Paris.”

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