Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan expressed his displeasure at the hurtful comments made by French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera regarding the chaos before the Champions League final. A section of Liverpool fans was unable to enter the Stade de France before the game. This chaos led to kickoff being delayed by 36 minutes. Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 to lift the Champions League trophy for the 14th time in the club’s history.
“I would just say we are incredibly surprised that someone in that position would make comments in the first place at this point, when we haven’t had adequate time to understand what happened,” Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan said. “There hasn’t been an independent investigation to establish all the facts. And as we said on Saturday, there needs to be an independent, transparent investigation into what happened at the match. That’s the start of the process. So to be making comments at this stage, prior to any investigation being launched, is completely inappropriate. We should know all the facts to make sure that the scenes that we’ve all seen – absolutely disgraceful – from Saturday don’t ever happen again.”
“Making comments as deeply unhelpful as that, we just feel that everyone should be focused on getting the investigation right and less about making inflammatory comments that attempt to deflect responsibility for what happened on Saturday night,” he added. “What I would say is that our fans were provided the UEFA information to travel to the stadium safely, which they did; they approached the stadium as directed and in good time. However, it was on arrival at the stadium that they experienced the issues. In regard to the comments, we were in complete disbelief when we were made aware of them earlier today. I think it’s important that folks know that our chairman, Tom Werner, sent a letter to the French minister to articulate our views.”