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French senators seek action over Champions League final mess

Jun. 16, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French senators demanded Thursday that the state recognize responsibility and identify guilty parties behind the chaos outside the national stadium that marred the Champions League final last month. They also questioned why surveillance video of the scene — in which...

Real Madrid, Barcelona to meet in Las Vegas during US tour

Jun. 10, 2022 11:08 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Real Madrid and Barcelona will meet in an exhibition July 23 in Las Vegas in just the second edition of the El Clásico rivalry on U.S. soil. The Spanish superpowers will visit Allegiant Stadium, the 2-year-old home of the NFL’s Raiders just off the Las Vegas...

Ukraine soccer club Shakhtar survives into 9th year of exile

Jun. 10, 2022 03:55 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Hosting Champions League games in Poland and planning a humanitarian tour of the United States feel like natural next steps for Ukraine’s top soccer team after eight years exiled from its home city by Russian aggression. The story of Shakhtar Donetsk — playing...

Paris police chief's partial apology over CL final 'failure'

Jun. 09, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

The Paris police chief apologized for and justified the pepper spraying of fans and families amid the chaos that engulfed the Champions League final last month outside the Stade de France. At a French Senate hearing looking for explanations for the organizational fiasco, Paris police...

UEFA says sorry to fans for Champions League final chaos

Jun. 03, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — After initially blaming fans, UEFA apologized to them on Friday for the “frightening and distressing” chaos at the Champions League final after Real Madrid joined Liverpool in demanding the organizer explains what went wrong at the Stade de France. “UEFA wishes...

Champions League final averages 2.76 million viewers in US

Jun. 01, 2022 19:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Real Madrid's 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final set a record for the largest audience to view the final in the U.S. on English-language television. Nielsen ratings show the game Saturday averaged 2.76 million viewers on CBS, surpassing the...

France's interior minister admits mistakes at CL final

Jun. 01, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's interior minister admitted that mistakes were made in dealing with the crowd outside the Champions League final in Paris but justified the use of tear gas, saying the move was crucial to prevent supporters getting killed. Gerald Darmanin was grilled by a...

After Champions League 'fiasco,' UEFA probes what went wrong

May. 31, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

The French government is blaming Liverpool fans. The English club is enraged by the “irresponsible, unprofessional” rush to conclusions. European soccer's governing body, UEFA, will now try to uncover what went wrong in the disorder and chaos in Paris at the Champions League final before...

France blames ticket fraud for Champions League final chaos

May. 30, 2022 18:56 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French authorities defended police on Monday for indiscriminately firing tear gas and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters at the Champions League final, while blaming industrial levels of fraud that saw 30,000 to 40,000 people try to enter the Stade de France with fake tickets or...

Concerns over police aggression toward Champions League fans

May. 29, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Tear gas fired indiscriminately around children and the elderly. Pepper spray unleashed at close-range on frustrated fans. Ticket holders blamed for delaying kickoff when they’d spent hours trying to enter the stadium in bottlenecks in tight spaces. Liverpool...