THe had a deeply disturbing revelation about the disastrous approach of French police in the Champions League final in Paris clearly evident in the first flawed official report of the catastrophe issued last Friday. Perhaps unbeknownst to the author of the report, Michel Cadot, an official working in the French ministry of sport, it has hitherto made it clearer why European football evenings have become brutal and chaos.
The single phrase about the “intelligence” of the police before the game gave a first look at explaining why the officers were so instrumental, that they acted as self – appointed end defenders of civilization rather than as safety guards for the fans present. a shimmering final with hope in their hearts.
It seems to confirm the worst suspicions of Liverpool and its supporters: a note prepared by Paris police for the 2022 Champions League final with reference to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. At Hillsborough, 97 people were unlawfully killed in terrible circumstances due to the gross negligence of the police in the management of the game, and the Liverpool supporters themselves did very well. However, the French police concluded that while the historic disaster was responsible for the fatalities, “they needed a firm police arrangement to maintain order in riot gear, so that they could respond to the danger of phenomena. collective of hooliganism. and havoc ”.
There are two broad ways in which this has been called a catastrophic misunderstanding. The first and most obvious, the sharp ignorance, has insulted and despaired the bereaved Hillsborough families and survivors, who established the truth through a 27 – year justice campaign against the lies of South Yorkshire police. The latter illustrates the worthwhile failure of intelligence and planning: why in the world did the Paris police think of Hillsborough? To prepare for this final in these modern, money, technology, safety controlled football finals, with a maximum ticket price of € 690, why did the police dismiss some ignoramus views on something that happened 33 years earlier?
Liverpool have been playing football every season since; they played in the French capital against Paris Saint-Germain as late as 2018. As the Cadot report even admits, they do not cause trouble in general, but somehow the police steeled themselves for a riot because on a disaster in 1989?
Cadot is a delegate in the sports ministry who reports to the sports minister, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, and while it is acknowledged that there is a need to “improve the organization of these difficult games”, the official claims have been doubled – Uefa has not back too – that thousands of Liverpool supporters with fake tickets were a substantial part of the problem. His report supports his allegations, with a confusing mix of figures and purported evidence, although he acknowledges the organization’s mess at the Stade de France. But he notes that it is Hillsborough’s “intelligence” in exaggeration, as if it were valid, and not a sign of gross negligence in Paris’s police preparations.
This is the aspect of the small disaster of May 28 that is most in need of a thorough, independent, transparent investigation, as sought by Liverpool and Real Madrid, to no avail. The symbolic organization raises urgent questions about Uefa ‘s own competence but there is a frightening picture of France itself after the horrific policing and atrocities committed by the French government. So far his ministers seem to accept this only in detail, they must acknowledge that their efforts to blame the Liverpool supporters have failed, and they sadly acknowledge that the country’s image is a disgrace. chaos. It’s much more serious than that: the scenes amazed the world.
To be clear, foresight is, of course, a regular and essential part of planning any football match. But it was unlikely that the French police had received such an insult about Hillsborough from any other organization involved in the planning.
Geoff Pearson, a professor of law at the University of Manchester, an expert on football fan behavior and safety regulation, explains that French police have been regularly deploying riot officers at football matches for many years.
“This happens regardless of intelligence, so there is still a big question to be answered as to why French police deploy in riot gear, but I do not see it changing any time soon.”
Real intelligence has probably told the police that Liverpool supporters who would pay those prices and travel to Paris would be people like those who have been horrified ever since. Dad bought a valuable ticket as a gift for his 11-year-old son, who was then teargassed by the casstiles. Many middle-aged people who ran in the static queues for hours, then officially accused by Uefa of being late, then being part of a mass ticket fraud, then a violent attack and robbery at night Saint-Denis en route back.
The stone – faced police while spraying pepper in their Hillsborough “intelligence” will not have considered the reality that the 1989 disaster had 24,000 Liverpool supporters. There were many, including many of the 97 who died, young at the time because football was more affordable at that time; Tickets cost £ 6 for the Leppings Lane platform. So many survivors of that terrible day are still supporters of Liverpool, now in their 50s and 60s, and they were at the game in Paris. Many experts have noted that Hillsborough’s collective trauma and memory contributed to the “exemplary” behavior of the supporters, as described by Merseyside police, and prevented the horrific plight of the French police. let them fall into another deadly pressure.
But it should not come across anything like that: true information about Hillsborough should inform the police and wardens that the safety of people who have been tragically laid down in the past, and who are still suffering trauma, is compromised , entrusted to them.
Just as there is still a terrible flawed understanding of the truth about Hillsborough, so there is not enough understanding of the complete overhaul of safety since then, governed by law, so that it does not happen again. The horrific twist is that the ignorance of the French police on Hillsborough caused them almost another catastrophe, as they prepared for a riot and failed to concentrate on the safe flow of visitors, to a faulty stadium in a rough area on a more complicated day by a rail strike.
Neither Liverpool nor Real Madrid are yet happy with the terms of the “independent review” that Uefa launched two days later, or with the expertise or suitability of its appointed chairman, Portuguese MP Dr Tiago Brandão Rodrigues. Liverpool executives are also very concerned about the Cadot report, as neither club has contributed and there is little sign of the evidence on which it is based.
Proper information about Hillsborough will incorporate an institutional understanding that followed an independent inquiry, by a strong judge, Lord Justice Taylor. He established the essential truth and also identified many unsafe factors that made it a disaster waiting to happen for years. It is incomprehensible, 33 years later, that eight people were killed in a stadium crash at the Nations Cup in Africa, and European football is now in danger. But the thorough, independent, transparent investigations that are clearly needed are still a far – reaching prospect, and it is clear that the official pressure has stood firm immediately to blame the victims.