UEFA president sends apology to Real Madrid

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has sent a message of apology to Real Madrid and Liverpool fans for the issues that arose at the 2021/22 Champions League final.

The match was marred by violent scenes, as fans of both clubs were tear gassed by police and forced into dangerous crushes of people as they tried to enter the stadium with valid tickets.

French authorities had blamed fans for the incident, and refused to admit their mistakes.

But, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has now issued a message of apology.

Speaking at the opening day of the European Footballs Fans Congress, Ceferin said: “We would love to erase events that happened last year from our memories. Last year everyone welcomed our decision to move the finals from St. Petersburg to Paris and in the end we all know what happened. Good intentions are many times not enough and we know that and we are sorry for that.

“We are well aware that in Istanbul not everything was perfect. I am certainly not playing down the problems encountered by some. But let us continue working together to improve what can we improve.

“I’m thinking in particular transport links to and from stadium, the hosting of the stadium supporters and access to water and toilets for everyone.”