France has 'learned lessons' from Champions League final fiasco

2023-09-04 13:54:44  • 3 mins

The Stade de France will host matches during the 2023 Rugby World Cup

France's sports minister has said the country has "learned lessons" from the 2022 Champions League final fiasco at the Stade de France.

In February, an independent panel of experts exonerated Liverpool supporters and found Uefa and the French authorities responsible for the near "mass fatality catastrophe".

Fans were kettled into dangerous crushes and sprayed with tear gas by riot police officers as kick-off was delayed by 36 minutes.

But Amelie Oudea-Castera claimed that the deployment of 7,000 extra security personnel is a sign that France can safely host the Rugby World Cup.

The tournament starts on Friday with France taking on New Zealand at the same venue in Paris, which will also host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024.

Uefa and senior French figures, including Oudea-Castera and interior minister Gerald Darmanin, blamed the chaos on Liverpool supporters in the aftermath and claimed that up to 40,000 ticketless Reds fans had tried to storm the gates of the stadium.

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