Real Madrid have rejected UEFA’s compensation supply to followers affected by the chaos finally yr’s Champions League remaining.
All 19,618 supporters who purchased tickets from the official Liverpool allocation will likely be entitled to a full refund following occasions outdoors the Stade de France, together with critical congestion issues and tear-gassing by police, which led to kick-off being delayed by greater than half-an-hour.
However, Madrid followers should meet sure standards laid down by UEFA, primarily regarding those that weren’t in a position to entry the stadium earlier than the scheduled 9pm kick-off time or who didn’t get in in any respect.
But the LaLiga membership mentioned the findings of an impartial report printed final month which mentioned UEFA was primarily liable for failures which just about led to a “mass fatality catastrophe” meant the compensation supply didn’t match the seriousness of occasions.
“Given the conclusiveness of the experts’ findings and the seriousness of the events described, Real Madrid has been holding talks with UEFA with the aim of assessing the compensation that will be offered to the fans,” mentioned an announcement.
“Our club was entirely confident that these solutions would be in line with the seriousness of the events, the extent of the damage caused and UEFA’s responsibility for them.
“Regrettably, our club believes that UEFA’s proposal is insufficient. It merely consists of the reimbursement of the ticket price, which is also subject to the fulfilment of a series of requirements, including providing proof of the time of access to the stadium.
“The content of the report stresses that all fans attending the final were victims of its inadequate organisation and their safety and security were compromised.
“Therefore, irrespective of whether or not they were able to enter the stadium, or whether they did so at the expected time – which at any rate was due to the exceptionally good behaviour of the fans of the two clubs – the fact is that all the fans experienced an unacceptable delay in the start of the match.
“In addition, there was unacceptable insecurity both in accessing and leaving the stadium, as well as additional harm such as theft, assaults and threats (from local youths after the game).
“For this reason, Real Madrid has decided not to cooperate in the restricted compensation procedure proposed by UEFA, which we ask to redress the situation and assume its full responsibility.”
The membership mentioned they’ll supply help to all followers who want to “make the appropriate claims against UEFA for their personal and legitimate interests”.