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Paris Independent Panel Report
« on: October 15, 2022, 03:14:50 pm »
PRESS RELEASE

“Treated with Contempt": An Independent Panel Report into Fans' Experiences Before, During and After the 2022 Champions League Final in Paris'

It is EMBARGOED until 00.01 Monday 17 October 2022, then available: https://law.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofLaw/filestore/Filetoupload,1530449,en.pdf
                                                                                           
An independent panel report, based on the written testimonies of 485 women, men and children, and eyewitness accounts by international journalists, tells the story of those who survived extreme violence at the hands of the police and local gangs before and after the European Champions League Final in Paris, May 2022.

Compiled by five leading authorities in their respective fields, including primary author of the ground-breaking report into the Hillsborough disaster, Professor Emeritus Phil Scraton from the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast, the report, “Treated with Contempt": An Independent Panel Report into Fans' Experiences Before, During and After the 2022 Champions League Final in Paris', details survivors’ written evidence submitted in the days after the event.

The report’s authors state: “Held for several hours in a bottleneck close to the ground, then again in static queues at malfunctioning turnstiles, fans were subjected to unprovoked tear-gassing by the paramilitary police. On leaving the stadium they were attacked at knife-point by gangs who stole their possessions. They were tear-gassed repeatedly by the police.

“Without protection, many who had paid significant amounts of money for match tickets, travel and accommodation did not enter the stadium. Fortuitously, no-one died but those injured missed their travel home. Thousands, including children, have been left traumatised.”

The report’s 53 findings focus on: pre-match preparation by UEFA and the Paris agencies; policing – before, during and after the match; crowd safety and event management; fans’ experiences; and UEFA’s role and responsibilities.

Speaking about the findings, Professor Scraton said: “It is difficult to comprehend the sequence of events that constituted the debacle in Paris, leaving so many people physically injured, psychologically harmed and financially compromised. Having paid inflated prices for travel, accommodation and attendance, men, women and children were subjected to unprovoked, indiscriminate police violence including tear gas and baton assaults, together with robbery at knife-point by local gangs. Many left before the match, those who stayed were subjected to further attacks by riot police and gangs on leaving the stadium and arriving at local stations.

“Responsibility for the collapse in authority, management and safety, lies with those organising and administering the event.”

Some of the key findings include:

•   Inadequate pre-match preparation by UEFA and the Paris agencies;

•   Aggressive policing – before, during and after the match;

•   Inadequate provision for crowd safety and event management;

•   Fans’ left traumatised by unprovoked assaults by the police and local gangs;

•   Abject failure by UEFA in meeting its responsibilities.

The Research Team states:

“Our comprehensive analysis of fans' experiences before, during and after the Champions League Final is an indictment of all authorities involved: UEFA; the Paris police; local and central government; and the stadium owners. These stark and painful testimonies, particularly those concerning children, families, the elderly and those with disabilities, reveal the cumulative, long-lasting impact on them individually and collectively. For those fans who survived the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and all that followed, Paris was retraumatising,” said Dr Deena Haydon, independent researcher and writer.

Dr Lucy Easthope, Professor in Practice of Risk and Hazard at the University of Durham commented: “Fans’ statements raise substantial concerns about whether UEFA and the French authorities have learned from previous events. Their safety was compromised, not least by indiscriminate, reckless and unprovoked police use of tear gas. Lives were put at risk by a collective, operational failure to implement a comprehensive stadium safety management plan that should have been regularly tested, risk assessed and refined. Detailing the experiences of those who were there, this report provides the foundation to developing a comprehensive approach to stadium safety, event management and attendees’ welfare.”

“Collectively and consistently, fans' testimonies demonstrate the shocking treatment they suffered before and after the match, particularly at the hands of those who should have ensured their safety. Already evident is the longer-term impact on their physical health and psychological well-being. The consequences of events on and after 28th May 2022 will have personal and professional ramifications for a long time to come,” said Dr Patricia Canning, Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities at Northumbria University.

Journalist and broadcaster Peter Marshall added: “Only the forbearance of the fans averted catastrophe. It truly is a miracle no one died. UEFA, who organise these events and supposedly vet stadium safety and security, must explain how they allowed this to happen - and why, in the face of the evidence, they persisted in blaming innocent supporters. UEFA officials must face up to their individual and collective responsibility.”

Professor Phil Scraton will feature on BBC Panorama’s ‘The Champions League Final: What went Wrong?’ on Monday 17 October at 8.00pm on BBC One.

Media enquiries to Zara McBrearty at Queen’s Communications Office on email: z.mcbrearty@qub.ac.uk or Mob: 07795676858 

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Professor Phil Scraton PhD is Professor Emeritus, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. Widely published, his books include Hillsborough The Truth (Penguin/ Random House, 2016). He led the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s research team and was principal author of its Report, Hillsborough (HMSO, 2016). Seconded to the families’ legal teams throughout the 2014-2016 inquests, in 2016 he was consultant on, and contributor to, the 2017 BAFTA winning ESPN/BBC documentary Hillsborough, He holds a Leverhulme Fellowship addressing the unique work of the Panel and the legal processes that followed. Most recently he has edited ‘The Report of the Independent Panel of Inquiry into the Circumstances of the H-Block and Armagh Prison Protests 1976-1981, is co-author of ‘Deaths in Contested Circumstances and Coroners’ Inquests’ (ICCL, 2021) and Truth, Acknowledgement and Accountability: Mother and Baby Institutions, Magdalene Laundries and Workhouses (NI Executive). He was awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool in recognition of his Hillsborough research.

Dr Deena Haydon is an independent researcher and writer whose research and publications focus on childhood, children’s rights, parenting and family support, youth justice, and the needs of vulnerable groups. Previously a University Senior Lecturer in Education, she has co-authored books and written journal articles, book chapters, research reports and resources for children and practitioners. On behalf of the NGO sector in Northern Ireland she has researched and authored submissions to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. She has presented workshops and conference papers for academics, practitioners and public audiences in the UK, Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Lucy Easthope is Professor in Practice of Risk and Hazard at the University of Durham and a co-founder of the After Disaster Network based in their Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience. She is  Fellow in Mass Fatalities and Pandemics at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and a Research Associate at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University, New Zealand. She has developed contingency plans, training programmes and exercises with organisations including government bodies, charities, airports and airlines, universities and emergency services. Her book, When The Dust Settles Stories of Love, Loss and Hope from an Expert in Disaster (2002) is a Sunday Times Bestseller. Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Higher Education Academy, she was awarded a fellowship to the Emergency Planning Society in 2018.

Dr Patricia Canning is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities at Northumbria University in Northeast England. She is an applied linguist specializing in forensic texts and contexts. Her work includes the investigation and analysis of police reporting, particularly the attribution and deflection of blame through individual and institutional language choices. She has published research on analyses of the witness statements following the Hillsborough Disaster.

Peter Marshall is a journalist and broadcaster. He has reported from five continents, focusing on political and investigative stories and documentary films. He was a correspondent with the BBC for 35 years, reporting primarily for Newsnight, Panorama and Radio Four. He is now freelance. He presented Hillsborough: How They Buried The Truth for the BBC and Hillsborough: Smears, Survivors And The Search For Truth for ITV. He is a Liverpool supporter and was at Hillsborough in 1989 and the Stade de France in 2022.
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Re: Paris Independent Panel Report
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2022, 05:16:50 pm »
I would just like thank Phil and all the others who have worked so hard to bring out the truth of what happened in Paris.
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Re: Paris Independent Panel Report
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2022, 06:15:17 pm »
Agreed - a big thank you to Phil.  I just hope the officials at UEFA and the French police who are to blame for this disgraceful event are brought to justice. 

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Re: Paris Independent Panel Report
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2022, 01:21:33 am »
Good man. UEFA are as responsible as various French authorities. Once again we are awaiting proper justice and accountability.

Hopefully we won’t have to wait decades.
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Re: Paris Independent Panel Report
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2022, 06:52:32 am »
Just so sad to hear what these people been through and  it only the ignorance from the police over there, but they’re involvement in being the aggressor.

Hoping everyone involved in this failure gets what’s coming for them. I don’t have high hopes, expect them to get off the hook somehow.

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Re: Paris Independent Panel Report
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2022, 12:46:25 pm »

I can only echo Al and the other others have said in here - and many thanks to Phil and his team on this.

Looking forward to reading the Paris Independent Panel Report tomorrow.


And also seeing the Panorama 'The Champions League Final: What Went Wrong?' program on Monday, 8pm, on BBC1 - www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001d84s
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Re: Paris Independent Panel Report
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2022, 01:14:07 pm »
Top, top man Phil.

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Re: Paris Independent Panel Report
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2022, 01:20:29 pm »
As this report is going to be sent to the Independent Panel, I will put it on this thread. It's free to read for anyone interested.

https://pdfhost.io/v/7f8fY0IN8_LiverpoolDossierNEW
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Re: Paris Independent Panel Report
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2022, 08:10:16 am »
Bump.

Thank you Phil and everyone  involved. About to read this, but giving my statement helped in the days after Paris. May this never happen to anyone again.
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Re: Paris Independent Panel Report
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2022, 08:46:43 am »
Well done folks.

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Paris Full Report
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2022, 11:15:32 am »
"Treated With Contempt": An Independent Panel Report into Fans' Experiences Before, During and After the 2022 Champions League Final in Paris.

This is the Independent Panel's full Report. The Panel is: Phil Scraton, Deena Haydon, Lucy Easthope, Patricia Canning and Peter Marshall.

As we state in the acknowledgements this Report could not have been written without the detailed contributions made by 485 survivors of Paris.

Thank you, our thoughts are with all who survived the debacle.

https://law.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofLaw/filestore/Filetoupload,1530449,en.pdf
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« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2022, 11:36:23 am »
Amazing piece of work Phil.
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« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2022, 11:44:25 am »
Incredible work, no stone left unturned.
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Re: Paris Full Report
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2022, 11:46:10 am »
Thank you Phil.
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« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2022, 03:38:45 pm »
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A massive thank you to Phil and the team on the Independent Panel.

Good to see this Report getting exposure in the media too...



'‘Criminal assault’: report’s verdict on police treatment of fans at Champions League final':-

Report finds ‘egregious failures’ in Uefa’s safety measures
It says Liverpool fans’ actions ‘prevented a fatal tragedy’


www.theguardian.com/football/2022/oct/17/police-treatment-fans-paris-final-champions-league-liverpool-real-madrid-criminal-assault-report



'Uefa's organisation of Champions League final a failure, panel finds':-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-63277380



'Tear gas at Champions League ‘amounted to criminal assault’':-

www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tear-gas-at-champions-league-amounted-to-criminal-assault-lrlndd85g



'Champions League final report criticises UEFA management after ‘abject failure’':-

https://theathletic.com/3697810/2022/10/16/uefa-liverpool-champions-league-final-report (a free article)



'New report says Liverpool fans 'treated with contempt' at Champions League final in Paris':-

www.itv.com/news/granada/2022-10-17/new-report-into-champions-league-final-in-paris-says-lives-were-put-at-risk



'Champions League final: Report details 'abject failure' from UEFA':-

www.90min.com/posts/champions-league-final-report-details-abject-failure-from-uefa



'‘Truly a miracle no one died’ – report on Champions League Final chaos heavily critical of Uefa and French police':-

www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/champions-league/truly-a-miracle-no-one-died-report-on-champions-league-final-chaos-heavily-critical-of-uefa-and-french-police-42071458.html



'It’s fortunate no one died during Champions League final chaos, new report finds':-

www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/its-fortunate-no-one-died-during-champions-league-final-chaos-new-report-finds-42071267.html

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Re: Paris Full Report
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2022, 03:45:27 pm »
Thanks Phil....keep up the good work at Queens.

The one comment that stands out for me is ‘It’s a miracle nobody died.’ Thankfully nobody did and maybe it was just pure luck that everyone returned home.
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« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2022, 05:55:09 pm »
Thank you Phil.

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« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2022, 05:58:22 pm »
Thank you Phil, absolutely amazing work by everyone involved.

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« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2022, 06:02:37 pm »
Your efforts are appreciated Phil. Many thanks.
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Re: Paris Full Report
« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2022, 06:15:09 pm »
Thank you Phil. Also thank you to all fans that went placidy in the face of what they were met with.

BBC Panorama 8.00 tonight are running a programme on it.
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« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2022, 06:34:18 pm »
Thank you Phil.
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Re: Paris Full Report
« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2022, 06:51:00 pm »
Thank you Phil. Also thank you to all fans that went placidy in the face of what they were met with.

BBC Panorama 8.00 tonight are running a programme on it.

10.50pm here so I've set it to record.

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« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2022, 07:11:09 pm »
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« Reply #23 on: October 17, 2022, 07:51:31 pm »
Brilliant work Phil, thank you.

Also bump for Panorama tonight at 8pm.

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« Reply #24 on: October 17, 2022, 08:30:49 pm »
That Panorama tonight, feck me the french authorities as well as UEFA have a hell of a lot to answer for.  Will be interesting to see UEFA’s enquiry report in a month

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Re: Paris Full Report
« Reply #25 on: October 17, 2022, 08:32:31 pm »

If anyone missed the Panorama program 'The Champions League Final: What Went Wrong?' tonight, it can be viewed here:-

www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001d84s/panorama-the-champions-league-final-what-went-wrong

or here - www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001d84s


For anyone outside the UK / or not great with VPNs... it can be seen here - www.soccercatch.com/shows/862826809/the-champions-league-final---what-went-wrong

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« Reply #26 on: October 17, 2022, 08:33:04 pm »
Recorded this as having to tackle Physics and Chemistry revision with my son. Just saw the first minute and already angry. Hope anyone who was there watching this is ok.

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« Reply #27 on: October 17, 2022, 08:41:31 pm »
Great work once again Phil.

That Panorama just leaves you furious. How the fuck does any of this happen, just ridiculous.

Hope all those who were there have received the help they needed in the aftermath
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« Reply #28 on: October 17, 2022, 08:47:06 pm »
Had a bit of a cry watching it as it brought it all back, and seeing Jason McAteer get emotional finished me off.

Hope everyone is ok. xx
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« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2022, 08:59:53 pm »
That was a difficult watch, very upsetting and exasperated by the pure lies from the French and Uefa.

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« Reply #30 on: October 17, 2022, 09:12:36 pm »
Had a bit of a cry watching it as it brought it all back, and seeing Jason McAteer get emotional finished me off.

Hope everyone is ok. xx
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« Reply #31 on: October 17, 2022, 09:56:36 pm »
Watching this tomorrow, but just want to say thanks again to Phil for his tireless work and tenacity in getting to the truth and exposing those who hide behind faceless spineless organisations.
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Re: Paris Full Report
« Reply #32 on: October 17, 2022, 10:25:20 pm »
Rob Draper thread on twitter is also excellent on this matter to. He was there I believe as well so his reporting has been very thorough and to the point.

https://twitter.com/draper_rob/status/1581937561894649856

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« Reply #33 on: October 17, 2022, 11:13:29 pm »
Some words from Dan Austin on twitter

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What I hope people took from #bbcpanorama tonight is that the authorities treat football fans like animals

When their tactics fail they lie and shift blame. Fans of all teams will continue to be treated with disdain and violence by those in power if they are not held accountable

Supporters have been unequivocally exonerated by the French senate report. No fan of Liverpool or Real Madrid was to blame for the fiasco #bbcpanorama

UEFA and the French state cannot be trusted to organise major sporting events as things stand. People are not safe in their care

What's more, the film makes exceptionally clear that people would have died had fans not behaved so well and helped one another in the face of state-sanctioned violence from the French authorities.

I hope everyone who went to the match knows that and takes pride/comfort in it.
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Re: Paris Independent Panel Report
« Reply #34 on: October 20, 2022, 12:32:10 pm »
Issue of Fake Tickets

In our Report we state our concern regarding  the French Authorities' claims about forgeries. While they rowed back on the early claims by two senior ministers that there had been approx 40k fans with forged tickets the more critical French Government's inter-departmental report stated clearly that 'the number of counterfeit tickets was ten times higher than the average ... 2,471 counterfeit tickets scanned, including 1,644 in the southern sector devoted to Liverpool supporters'.

Clearly there is strong evidence that numerous fans who had tickets bought via the Club were turned away, their tickets having failed. Several statements that we received provide evidence that genuine tickets bought via the Club failed on repeated attempts. Fans with genuine tickets were forced to leave the stadium. Others gained entry after their ticket was re-scanned several times. The point being that each of those failures were recorder as fake tickets within the 2471 number.

So, even the adjusted figure published by the joint ministerial report is an over-estimation. See our full Report: https://law.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofLaw/filestore/Filetoupload,1530449,en.pdf
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