Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan has admitted he has ‘deep concerns’ over the deletion of the CCTV footage of the incidents surrounding the Champions League final.

It was recently revealed by French FA director Erwan Le Prevost that the footage, which he described as ‘extremely violent’, has been deleted automatically as nobody made a legal request for the videos within seven days of the final.

That means footage of police tear-gassing supporters, as well as separate claims from fans that they were assaulted and mugged by locals after the game, can no longer be accessed.

“Clearly, we saw the reports yesterday afternoon regarding the deletion of CCTV footage, which is deeply concerning,” Hogan told the club’s official website. “We have formally contacted UEFA to confirm whether or not that’s the case, so we’re waiting to hear back specifically on that.

“And we’re also working to make sure, through the relevant authorities to put requests in, that all evidence related to events around the final are retained. So, clearly concerning, it’s something that we’re following up on and, as I keep saying, our priority really has to be to make sure that the independent review and investigation takes into account all the evidence. So that’s why we’ve requested that any evidence related to the final is retained.”

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