Liverpool demand UEFA address all CL final failures 'no matter how difficult'
Liverpool have demanded UEFA address "shocking" failures around last year's Champions League final, after it was found treatment of their fans "almost led to disaster".
The club responded to UEFA's publication of a report into the failings in Paris last May by labelling the organisational failures around the final as "shocking" and calling on the governing body to implement all 21 recommendations laid out by an independent panel.
In a statement, they wrote: "We call on UEFA and others at the top of the football regulation pyramid to come together and take positive and transparent action to ensure there are no more 'near misses'.
"We implore UEFA to fully enact the recommendations as outlined by the panel - no matter how difficult - to ensure supporter safety is the number one priority at the heart of every UEFA football fixture.
"Shocking false narratives were peddled in the immediate aftermath of that night in Paris; narratives that have since been totally disproven. The independent French Senate report published in July 2022 found Liverpool supporters were unfairly and wrongly blamed for the chaotic scenes to divert attention from the real organisational failures.
"The Independent Senate report also published 15 recommendations for improvements. No action has been taken on these recommendations to date.
"It is shocking that more than 30 years after the Hillsborough disaster any club and our group of fans would be subject to such fundamental safety failings which have had such a devastating impact on so many. But even more concerning is the realisation that for families, friends and survivors of Hillsborough, Paris has only exacerbated their suffering.