French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera has apologised for the ‘successive failures’ that led to Liverpool fans being mistreated at the Champions League final last month.

The game had to be pushed back after supporters had issues entering the Stade de France. In order to control the crowds, French police used heavy-handed tactics and even deployed tear gas.

In the aftermath, the authorities have claimed that the issues were caused by a significant number of false tickets – something which has been strongly refuted by sources on the ground.

The chaos is currently subject of an independent investigation by UEFA and in the meantime, Oudea-Castera has issued an apology to the Liverpool supporters who travelled to Paris.

“First and foremost, I would like to sincerely apologise to the Liverpool fans whose evening was ruined. We are conscious of the fact that many of them came from far away, often with their family and sometimes even young children, to support their team and attend a memorable game of football,” a letter seen by The Times read.

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