This independent Panel Report was compiled by five leading authorities in their respective fields. Based on the testimonies of 485 fans who attended the Champions League Final in Paris, May 2022, and eyewitness accounts by journalists, it tells the story of those who survived extreme violence at the hands of police and local gangs. Having been held in a bottleneck close to the Stade de France for several hours, they waited in static queues at malfunctioning turnstiles where they experienced crushing and unprovoked tear-gassing by riot police. Many did not enter the stadium, leaving before the game started as a result of fears about their safety. Those who stayed were attacked at knife-point by gangs who stole their possessions, and again tear-gassed by the police, as they left the stadium. Thousands, including children, were left traumatised by their experiences. The Report’s findings focus on: pre-match preparation by UEFA and Paris agencies; policing; crowd safety and event management; fans’ experiences; UEFA’s role and responsibilities.
Report: Scraton, P., Haydon, D., Easthope, L., Canning, P. and Marshall, P. (2022) “Treated with Contempt” An Independent Panel Report into Fans’ Experiences Before, During and After the 2022 Champions League Final in Paris. October 2022
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Podcast: Treated with Contempt – The UEFA Champions League Final Debacle For this episode, Professor Phil Scraton & Dr Deena Haydon are interviewed by Criminologist, Dr Gillian McNaull, about their part in the Independent Panel Report into Fans’ Experiences at the 2022 European Champions League Final.
Panorama Excerpt: The Champions League Final: What Went Wrong?
BBC Panorama, 17 October 2022