Chaos at the Stade de France during Liverpool - Real Madrid: The CCTV footage has been destroyed

Chaos at the Stade de France during Liverpool – Real Madrid: The CCTV footage has been destroyed

Almost fifteen days after the incidents at the Stade de France on the sidelines of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Saint-Denis, the vagueness persists around who is considered a real organizational fiasco. Heard Thursday morning by the Senate, the prefect of police of Paris Didier Lallement, for example, recognized “a failure” and “sincere regrets” while maintaining certain figures. A few hours later, Erwan Le Prévost, director of institutional and international relations for the FFF, revealed that the CCTV images … no longer existed.
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Images are available for seven days. They are then automatically destroyed.he announced. We should have had a requisition to provide them to the different populations. For having been at the security post all day with Didier (Pinteaux, FFF security manager)the images are extremely violent.” What cause the astonishment of some senators.


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What has just been said is very important, even seriousreacted David Assouline, senator for Paris (…) Evidence has been destroyed by, at least, incompetence. I don’t want to think it’s done on purpose. This is very serious. This is a very important responsibility of public authority.“Finally, François-Noël Buffet, chairman of the Senate law commission, recalled that the requisition of video surveillance images is “a court decision“.

It was up to the public prosecutor to request the requisition of these images. On a practical level, the images overwrite on their own within the legal time limit. If the prosecutor does not make a requisition, the images disappear“, he concluded. The French Football Federation (FFF) pointed to delinquency and the lack of coordination with the RATP among the major reasons which led to these incidents.

We weren’t prepared for such an influx of criminals

The FFF also insisted on the problem of counterfeit tickets in these “malfunctions seen by millions of viewers“, according to the word of the president of the Commission of directed culture, Laurent Lafon, who chaired the hearing with that of the Commission of the laws, François Noël Buffet.We weren’t prepared for such an influx of criminals“, explained the director of institutional affairs of the FFF, Erwan Le Prévost, during the hearing on the dysfunctions in the access to the Stade de France for the final of the Champions League Real Madrid-Liverpool (1-0), in Saint Denis.

He quoted “non-standard behavior, people entering through restaurants”, others who “broke the gate of a school to return, people who entered through the construction site of a footbridge…“According to him, the lack of information from the RATP also contributed to the congestion at the gates of the stadium.If we had had real-time information on the diversion of flows from RER B (partly on strike, editor’s note) to RER D, we could have redesigned our system at the start of the afternoon. The prefecture did not have the information either.“, he added.

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Florence Hardouin, general manager of the FFF, cited “RATP source” figures of 6,200 people transported by RER B and 36,000 by RER D. “The RATP sent us an uninterrupted flow of supporters“, concluded Mr. Le Prévost, asking that the “lessons” for a “better coordination” in the future. Ms. Hardouin also returned to the large number of counterfeit notes, 2,536 at least, according to her. It is “a very high number. For this type of event there are on average 300 fake tickets“, she pointed out.

And “1,644 of these fake tickets were scanned at gates X, Y and Z, dedicated to Liverpool supporters. One in ten tickets was fake“, she added. “Expressing very sincere regret on behalf of the FFF over the incidents“, the deputy vice-president of the FFF, Philippe Diallo, insisted: “We are neither novices nor amateurs, the organization of Euro-2016, the 2019 Women’s World Cup are other examples of French know-how in hosting major competitions“.

(With AFP)


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