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John Aldridge vows he won't return to 'minging' Paris after Champions League chaos

The Reds lost to Real Madrid at the Stade de France on Saturday evening, but while kick-off was initially scheduled for 9pm, the match didn’t begin until 9.36pm due to a “security issue”.
John Aldridge. Photo: Sportsfile

John Aldridge. Photo: Sportsfile

Neasa Cumiskey

Former Liverpool star John Aldridge has vowed not to return to France “ever again” after Liverpool fans were poorly treated at the Champions League final in Paris last night.

The Reds lost to Real Madrid at the Stade de France on Saturday evening, but while kick-off was initially scheduled for 9pm, the match didn’t begin until 9.36pm due to a “security issue”.

UEFA said that the delay was caused by thousands of Liverpool fans who had purchased fake tickets and blocked the entrance as a result.

As the crowd continued to build up, French police “dispersed them with tear gas and forced them away from the stadium.”

The shocking scenes have been described as “reprehensible” and “the worst European match” in recent years.

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And former Liverpool striker and Republic of Ireland player John Aldridge has vowed that he would never to return to Paris after Saturday night’s mayhem, adding that the incident was an “absolute disgrace.”

Sharing a video from the airport to Twitter, he said: “Right folks, this is our plane. Can’t wait any longer to get out of this hole.

“It’s minging. The police are minging. Everything around the stadium is minging.

“Some of our fans have been treated nearly as bad as we were at Hillsborough. Absolute disgrace.

“Au revoir. Au revoir. Won’t be [here] ever again in my life.”

Captioning the post, he wrote: “Good riddance!”

Meanwhile, former Irish footballer Jim Beglin said that the pre-match chaos continued well after Real Madrid lifted the trophy.

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He described witnessing gangs of thugs mugging fans as they left the stadium with no police intervention.

He tweeted: “Post-match last night was the scariest I’ve ever experienced. Organised gangs set about mugging departing fans. We ran a gauntlet of thuggery on our way to the Metro. Not a police officer in sight. Witnessed so many ambush attacks on unsuspecting attendees. Reprehensible @UEFAy”

Following Saturday’s carnage, Liverpool FC have announced that they are requesting a formal probe into the “causes of these unacceptable issues.”

"We are hugely disappointed at the stadium entry issues and breakdown of the security perimeter that Liverpool fans faced this evening at Stade de France,” the club said in a statement.

"This is the greatest match in European football and supporters should not have to experience the scenes we have witnessed tonight.

"We have officially requested a formal investigation into the causes of these unacceptable issues."


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