UEFA statement following refund to LFC ticket holders

UEFA statement following refund to LFC ticket holders UEFA statement on Tuesday 7th March 2023: UEFA announces special refund scheme for fans following the 2022 Champions League Final in Paris. With this scheme UEFA will refund fans who had bought tickets and who were the most affected by the difficulties in accessing the stadium. UEFA will implement a special refund scheme for fans who were most affected when accessing the Stade de France on 28 May 2022. Refunds will be available to all fans with tickets for gates A, B, C, X, Y and Z [...]

By |2023-03-07T20:29:36+00:00March 7th, 2023|

UEFA to refund LFC ticket holders

UEFA to refund LFC ticket holders Spirit of Shankly and the Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association welcome today’s announcement from UEFA that they are to refund all Liverpool FC ticket holders who attended the Champions League final in Paris in May 22. This unprecedented move is the result of tireless work, alongside FSE and Ian Byrne MP, to hold those responsible for the catastrophic events in Paris. With a promise to reimburse supporters, UEFA have gone some way to acknowledge their part in the fiasco. But it does not excuse UEFA, exempt them from criticism or [...]

By |2023-03-08T10:35:48+00:00March 6th, 2023|

Joint Statement

Assurances On Tuesday 21 February, Spirit of Shankly met with UEFA General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis, Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association, Football Supporters Association and Football Supporters Europe in Liverpool to discuss the 2022 Champions League Final alongside the conclusions and recommendations of the UEFA commissioned Independent Review. You can see a brief, joint statement here. At the meeting, we re-iterated that there is nothing in the Review that we disagree with. We also on behalf of Liverpool fans: Demanded a full and unreserved apology from UEFA for the unacceptable organisation of the Champions [...]

By |2023-02-23T18:21:49+00:00February 22nd, 2023|

UEFA Independent Inquiry Overall Conclusions

The report UEFA’s Independent Panel Inquiry runs to 220 pages – a forensic piece of work detailing how and why the events of 28 May 2022 occurred.  They conclude that a series of failures caused or contributed to the problems on 28 May 2022, but have focussed on UEFA, French Football Federation, and the Préfecture de Police because of their key roles, which should have ensured the safety of the final They summarise that “ the UEFA ‘model’ created a lacuna, whereby no one had proper oversight over the full planning and operational picture, and [...]

By |2023-02-15T17:32:23+00:00February 15th, 2023|

UEFA Independent Inquiry

Liverpool fans exonerated Spirit of Shankly today welcome the findings of the Independent Panel Inquiry into events surrounding the UEFA Champions League Final in Paris on 28 May 2022 in which Liverpool fans have been cleared of blame and responsibility for the horrendous situations that occurred in and around Stade de France that night.  What should have been the highlight of the season for travelling supporters of Liverpool and Real Madrid – in UEFA’s words a ‘festival of football’ – turned out to be a maelstrom of chaos and alarm that led to some fans [...]

By |2023-02-15T17:17:42+00:00February 14th, 2023|

Seven months and still no answers from UEFA

UEFA Independent Inquiry Panel need to publish findings Following the unacceptable events at the UEFA Champions League Final on 28 May 2022 in Paris, UEFA announced, on 3 June 2022, they would be undertaking an independent inquiry into the “frightening and distressing events in the build-up to the UEFA Champions League Final at Stade de France on 28 May 2022 in Paris, on a night which should have been a celebration of European club football”.  They went on to say: “No football fan should be put in that situation, and it must not happen again.”  [...]

By |2023-02-15T17:17:56+00:00January 4th, 2023|

Submission to UEFA Inquiry

SOS Submission to UEFA Inquiry Spirit of Shankly welcome the opportunity to submit to this inquiry and explain the experiences of Liverpool fans who attended the UEFA Champions League final at Stade de France on 28 May 2022. My name is Joe Blott and I am presenting this submission on behalf of Liverpool fans as chairman of SOS, the official supporters union of Liverpool FC. SOS is a democratic members organisation established in 2008. We exist to represent the views of our members who are all Liverpool supporters. We have 250,000-plus social-media followers and meet [...]

By |2023-02-15T17:18:14+00:00September 25th, 2022|

UCL Final – Independent Review

UCL Final - Independent Review UEFA Champions League Final 2022 Independent Review Dear Dr Rodrigues, We are writing to you in your position as Chair of UEFA’s Independent Review. It is 18 days since the final panel and list of experts were announced, and just on seven weeks since you were appointed to your position, yet neither you or UEFA have made contact with Spirit of Shankly (Liverpool Supporters Union and official Supporters Trust of LFC) or the Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association that represents Liverpool Supporters with disabilities. This is despite your stated Terms of Reference: [...]

By |2023-02-15T17:19:09+00:00July 19th, 2022|

Liverpool Fans Exonerated

Reaction to Senate Report Speaking to the press for the first time since last season, Jurgen Klopp, when asked about the Champions League final, said: “For Liverpudlians, the smallest problem we had that night was that we lost the game. Imagine that at the Champions League final? Crazy!” He was right. That quote from the Liverpool manager captures perfectly the aftermath of events at Stade de France on 28 May 2022. What should have been a fitting finale to a great season, a blue-riband game for the hosts Paris and organisers UEFA, instead turned into a [...]

By |2023-02-15T17:19:18+00:00July 13th, 2022|

French Senate Hearings

French Senate Hearings English Version On Tuesday 21 June, Spirit of Shankly chair Joe Blott and Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association chair Ted Morris travelled to Paris to give evidence in front of the French Senate Law and Culture committee. They were joined by Real Madrid socio Emilio Dumas, and Ronan Evain and Pierre Barthélemy from Football Supporters Europe. Below is a summary of the hearing in English. Thanks to Luke Tilden for the translation. Incidents at the Stade de France on 28 May 2022 - Hearing with Ronan Evain, Executive Director of Football Supporters Europe (FSE), [...]

By |2023-02-15T17:19:31+00:00July 6th, 2022|


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