Fans’ £3.5m UEFA refund for final hell
UEFA will shell out more than £3.5million to refund all Liverpool supporters who attended last year’s Champions League final in Paris after they were penned in and sprayed with tear gas.
The European showpiece was marred by chaotic scenes outside the Stade de France, and an independent report determined that UEFA bears ‘primary responsibility’ for the distressing events.
The governing body have now taken the unprecedented step of refunding all of Liverpool’s ticket allocation.
A UEFA statement read: ‘We have taken into account a huge number of views expressed both publicly and privately and we believe we have devised a scheme that is comprehensive and fair.
‘We recognise the negative experiences of those supporters on the day and with this scheme we will refund fans who had bought tickets and who were the most affected by the difficulties in accessing the stadium.’
Top-price tickets for the match against Real Madrid were €690 (£610) and the cheapest €70 (£62). UEFA’s bill for the 19,618 tickets issued to Liverpool fans is more than £3.5m.