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Questions raised over missing CCTV footage of Champions League final

Questions have been raised as to why the CCTV footage of chaos at the Stade de France stadium during the Champions League final was not automatically deleted.

The video, which apparently showed police pepper spraying families and fans at the match against Real Madrid last October, was not turned over to investigators. It has now vanished, according to French senators who are investigating the handling of the evening.

They demanded that the state accepts responsibility and identify those responsible for the mishandling the crowds.

The crowd was so large that security at the Stade de France seemed overwhelmed. Many supporters waited outside for hours.

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Initial French authorities blamed “without valid tickets” 30,000 to 40,000 English fans.

Image: Before the game, police officers protect the Stade de France. Photo by Associated Press

Sky News geolocated several videos from social media to try and understand what happened on the ground. These videos showed fans being funnelled, climbing fences, and being pepper sprayed.

Sky Sports News’ chief journalist, Kaveh Sokol,, was one of those who tear-gassed the stadium.

This fiasco attracted worldwide attention to the heavy-handed French police and raised questions about France’s security management at large events. Liverpool FC requested a formal investigation into the events.

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Sky News has searched through video to discover what really happened

Senator Laurent Lafon is leading a probe into what happened. He stated that the general impression was of a lack in preparation, upstream lack, and lack of responsiveness during events. Then, there was questionable management.

He stated that “the gravity of the events… demands a response by the state.”

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What really happened at the Stade de France

Although he did not identify any culprits, he noted that all those who managed the situation “at one point or another failed” and that they all worked for the government.

He stated that automatic deletion of surveillance video gives the impression that no one is responsible.

To sum up the work of the commission, he and another senator spoke to the Stade de France. They didn’t address police violence directly.

Senior government officials were tasked with releasing a report about what happened. They suggested that security measures could have been adjusted as people converged.

Michel Cadot, when questioned by senators, suggested that new methods of crowd control in stadiums be explored, including mounted police and artificial intelligence systems to predict and monitor crowd movements. This was especially important ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympics.


Shifting blame

The Paris police chief acknowledged that the evening was a failure, but he and his interior minister insist that police were responding in law to the presence of tens or thousands of supporters with fake tickets or without tickets close to the stadium.

Witnesses and Liverpool’s mayor challenged the French authorities’ version of events and claimed that French authorities were trying to shift blame.

UEFA is also investigating these incidents that marred one the most important games in world sport.

Real Madrid defeated Liverpool by 1-0 in the final.

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