I have continued to receive letters and emails about the disgraceful treatment of Liverpool supporters at the Champions League Final, including fans traumatised at their treatment and families who spent thousands of pounds but didn’t get into the game. The scenes at the Stade de France were unacceptable and the repetition of slurs dating back to the Hillsborough disaster, 33 years later, including talk of fans arriving late and ticketless fans, is shocking and need to be answered by a full inquiry into these events.
This echo of previous treatment of Liverpool fans even includes the news that French police have deleted their CCTV footage from the evening, though there are now reports that France’s main rail operator, SNCF, have kept their own footage which may help shed light on the mis-organisation and ineptitude of French authorities. That the deletion of footage only came to light during Thursday’s hearing in the French senate tells its own story. Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram spoke on the same day to their Senate about his experience on the night.
I have spoken twice in the House about these incidents, firstly during Ian Byrne’s Urgent Question and then in Business Questions. Although DCMS Minister Nadine Dorries was too busy defending the Prime Minister on TV ahead of his no confidence vote to come to the chamber for the UQ the Minister who did was largely sympathetic, though he did repeat accusations about a small number of trouble makers in his answer to me.
In Business Questions I asked why we still haven’t had an answer as to why the Government is yet to reply to Bishop James Jones’ 2017 report into the Hillsborough disaster despite repeated assurances that they will. I also called for a debate into how we can protect blameless Liverpool fans from the type of repeated behaviour displayed by UEFA and the French authorities on May 28th.
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