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Real Madrid join forces with Liverpool in Champions League row

Real Madrid have joined forces with Liverpool in demanding answers from UEFA over the treatment of fans at last weekend’s Champions League final in Paris.

The match was delayed by more than half an hour supporters struggled to gain entry into the Parc des Princes.

Riot police pepper-sprayed and tear-gassed fans, sparking widespread criticism about their heavy-handed tactics.

France’s interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, blamed Liverpool fans for arriving at the stadium without valid tickets.

While there was evidence of a handful of supporters gaining illegal entry to the ground, Darmanin’s version of events were widely exaggerated.

The vast majority of supporters were well-behaved but needlessly treated badly by French police.

Darmanin subsequently acknowledged police were caught off-guard by several hundred locals who turned up to cause trouble.

Madrid have now backed Liverpool by calling for UEFA to investigate the circumstances around the chaos last weekend.

“We want to know what were the reasons that motivated that designation of the venue for the final and what criteria were taken into consideration taking into account what was experienced that day,” a statement on their website read.

“We also ask for answers and explanations to determine who were those responsible for leaving the fans unattended and defenceless. Supporters whose general behaviour was exemplary at all times.

“As clearly seen in the revealing images provided by the media, many of the fans were assaulted, harassed, mugged and robbed with violence.”

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