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UEFA on Monday announced that it was opening an independent report into the pre-match trouble that occurred before the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid on Saturday at the Stade de France.

The match, which Real Madrid eventually won 1-0, was delayed by 30 minutes amid chaotic scenes outside the Stade de France as thousands of Liverpool fans were stuck outside and subjected to pepper spray and tear gas by French police.

UEFA and the French authorities blamed the delay on late arrivals and supporters who had ‘fake tickets’. However, those who had travelled to watch the Reds told of a very different story.

And UEFA has now confirmed that Dr. Tiago Brandao Rodrigues, a Portuguese politician, a member of the Portuguese parliament and former member of the World Anti-Doping Agency Foundation Board, will compile an independent report that will spell out what happened in Paris and why.

A statement from the European governing body read:

The comprehensive review will examine decision making, responsibility and behaviours of all entities involved in the final. The report will be independently compiled and Dr. Tiago Brandao Rodrigues from Portugal will lead the production of this review.

Dr. Tiago Brandao Rodrigues is a Member of the Portuguese Parliament and the President of the Parliamentary Committee of Environment and Energy. He was the Portuguese Minister of Education (also in charge of Sports and Youth) between 2015 and 2022, a member of the World Antidoping Agency Foundation Board (2019-2021) and was the Portuguese Olympic attache during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

In order to guarantee his independent status in the process, Dr. Brandao Rodrigues agreed to execute this task on a pro bono basis.

Evidence will be gathered from all relevant parties and the findings of the independent report will be made public once completed and upon receipt of the findings, UEFA will evaluate the next steps.

By Amara

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