Paris police chief Didier Lallement has apologized for tear-gassing Liverpool fans waiting near the entrance of the Stade de France before the Champions League final against Real Madrid. He apologized to the French Senate for authorizing the use of tear gas but felt that under the circumstances he was left with no other option. The Champions League final was delayed by more than half an hour with UEFA initially blaming the late arrival of fans for the delay.

“It is obviously a failure. It was a failure because people were pushed around and attacked. It was a failure because the image of the country was undermined,” Paris police chief Didier Lallement apologized for the use of tear gas before the Champions League final. “The figure has no scientific virtue but it came from feedback from police and public transport officials. Maybe I was wrong, but it was constructed from all the information harvested. Whether there are 30,000 or 40,000 people, it doesn’t change anything. What matters is that there were people, in large numbers, likely to disrupt the proper organization of the filtering. But that we count them precisely to within 5000, it doesn’t change much.”

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