Real Madrid make statement on Champions League final as Liverpool demand answers

Real Madrid have asked authorities for answers after their fans were left "helpless and defenceless" at the Champions League final – as well as why it was hosted in France.

The Spanish giants, who won the European Cup for the 14th time with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool, took their time in releasing a statement – but have now spoken out in defence of supporters and expressed outrage at the situation they suffered.

Their questions come after Liverpool accused the French authorities of trying to "deflect responsibility" for the chaos that saw fans teargassed and accused of having fake tickets.

The full statement reads: "Given the unfortunate events that took place on May 28 in the vicinity and entrances to the Stade de France, including inside the stadium itself, Real Madrid CF would like to state the following in defence of our supporters who were victims of these events.

"1. We want to know what were the reasons that motivated that designation of the venue of the final and what criteria were taken into consideration taking into account what happened that day.

"2. Likewise, we ask for answers and explanations that determine who was responsible for leaving the fans helpless and defenceless. Some followers whose general behaviour was at all times exemplary.

"We understand that what should have been a great celebration of football for all the fans who attended the game turned into unfortunate events that have caused deep outrage around the world.

"As has been clearly seen in the revealing images offered by the media, many of the fans were violently assaulted, harassed, robbed and robbed.

"Some events that also took place when they were driving in their cars or buses fearing for their physical integrity. Some of them even had to spend the night in the hospital for injuries received.

"Football has transmitted to the world an image far removed from the values and objectives that it must always pursue.

"Our followers and fans deserve a response and that the relevant responsibilities be cleared up so that situations like the ones experienced are eradicated forever from football and sport."

The response to the statement has been positive, with Gary Lineker tweeting: "This is important. Saw a lot of @realmadrid fans caught up in the turmoil."

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