Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid kick-off delayed 30 minutes due to fans 'arriving late'
The organisation for the 2022 Champions League final has been problematic because of the way security has been handled and numerous fans were being denied entry to the ground whilst others tried to get through despite not having tickets in scenes similar to the final of Euro 2020 last summer.
'Not fair' - Liverpool fans on stadium chaos as people struggle to enter for final
Unsurprisingly UEFA has confirmed that the kick-off has been delayed by 15 minutes, with the delay then extended to 30 minutes. The official reason was given as "fans arriving late" despite the fact that the fans were already there and were having problems getting in.
UEFA then confirmed that the kick-off time would be 20:36 UK time / 21:36 CET.
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 28: Police and stewards are seen outside the stadium as Liverpool fans queue outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League final match between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid at Stade de France on May 28, 2022 in Paris, France. (
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In addition to reports of fans storming the ground, and also that those outside the ground were being held in dangerously enclosed spaces, there were videos which seemed to show the police using pepper spray.
After speculation that Brazilian midfielder Thiago would miss out on a starting spot for Liverpool after suffering an achilles injury against Wolves last weekend.