2022 Champions League final

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This year's Champions League final - sort of like "soccer's" equivalent of the Super Bowl - is between Liverpool and Real Madrid. The game should have kicked off a few minutes ago in Paris but has been delayed by 15 minutes due to thousands of fans still trying to get into the Stade de France to watch this mouthwatering match between two giants of the game.

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Real Madrid have won a record 14th European Cup after beating Liverpool 1-0 in the Final.

Liverpool have won the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup this season but last week saw their Premier League title chances ended by Manchester City and tonight their ambition to win a seventh European Cup ended by Real Madrid.

Real Madrid have had one of the toughest ever Champions League runs.

They played Paris St-Germain in the last 16, and last season's two finalists - Chelsea and Manchester City - in the next two rounds.

They came from behind against PSG, and Chelsea and City.

And now they have beaten Liverpool in the final.
 

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no1 cares.

Canada Soccer cancelled friendly with Iran and is playing a dutch colony island called Curacao no one knows exists and Honduras, for their world cup warmup.
They're screwed
Canada Soccer gave us a rude reminder of their intense ineptitude.
 

Blackleaf

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no1 cares.

Canada Soccer cancelled friendly with Iran and is playing a dutch colony island called Curacao no one knows exists and Honduras, for their world cup warmup.
They're screwed
Canada Soccer gave us a rude reminder of their intense ineptitude.

England are playing Iran in this year's World Cup, as well as USA and either Scotland, Wales or Ukraine.
 

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Champions League final: UK calls for investigation into Paris stadium chaos​

The UK's Culture Secretary has urged Uefa to formally investigate "deeply concerning" scenes which delayed the start of the Champions League final.

French police have been criticised for firing tear gas and pepper spray at some Liverpool fans waiting to get in to the stadium in Paris on Saturday.

Nadine Dorries said it was in everyone's interest to "learn lessons".

European football's governing body Uefa has said it will "review these matters urgently".

The French sports ministry said it had called a meeting with Uefa, the French Football Association, stadium officials and police on Monday to "draw lessons" from the event.

French interior minister Gérald Darmanin appeared to lay the blame on British supporters, tweeting on Saturday that thousands were without proper tickets and had forced entry, while claiming some had assaulted stewards.

The kick-off at the Stade de France was delayed by 36 minutes, with Uefa initially citing the "late arrival" of fans.

But many Liverpool supporters spoke of long queues in the hours leading up to the game and a heavy-handed police response to the build-up of fans.

Uefa cited "security reasons" for the delay and said the turnstiles at the Liverpool end had become "blocked by thousands of fans who had purchased fake tickets which did not work".

Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in the final.

Tom Whitehurst said after arriving at the ground he had to get his disabled son "out of the way" after they were pepper-sprayed.

"The treatment of supporters by Uefa and the police was an absolute disgrace," he said.

"[Fans] were indiscriminately pepper-sprayed and there were people with tickets, who arrived two-and-a-half hours early, who were queuing up and they were charged at by riot police with shields."

Merseyside Police said its officers who were deployed in Paris and attended the match "reported the vast majority of fans behaved in an exemplary manner, arriving at turnstiles early and queuing as directed".

Paris police said they made 105 arrests at the game, with 39 people still in custody.

Liverpool fan Michael Carter told the BBC that families and children were among those being pepper sprayed, with no explanation from officials.

"We're throwing water on the kids trying to get the spray off them, we're running to a bar getting glasses of water... and then we put it on ourselves because we couldn't breathe," he said.

Elsewhere, he said people were lifting each other over the walls as they were being crushed.

Near the stadium's entrance, he said "the atmosphere just turned - all of our lads were like 'I don't care about the result' - we just felt unsafe".

"I was scared I wasn't even going to make it into the game," he said.

Speaking after the game, Liverpool defender Andy Robertson said he had given a ticket to a friend who was then denied entry.

He said his friend "got told it was a fake, which I assure you it wasn't".

"It was a shambles really."

Meanwhile, Suzanne, from Liverpool, said her experience at the game was "really traumatic".

"The way this event was being policed was all wrong and incredibly dangerous," she said, describing being sent through an underpass into a "complete bottleneck".

Her sister was searched eight times, but once they arrived in the stadium two hours before kick off she said the Liverpool side was empty.

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Suzanne and her sister said they didn't feel safe at the game

She and her sister decided to leave just before full time, as a group of armed police lined up in front of them. "We didn't feel safe. We ran all the way to the station... there was tear gas everywhere, your throat was so sore and your eyes hurt," she said.

"Then when you reached the station there were youths at the front of the station and they were mugging people."

 
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