Monday, June 04, 2007

Everything Is Liverpool's Fault And We Have The Worst Set Of Fans, Ever

That has to be the longest title I've typed but whatever, just read this. If your blood don't boil, then you might need to watch some other sports.

UEFA report severely reprimands Liverpool fans

LONDON, June 3 (Reuters) - Liverpool supporters have been identified as the worst behaved at European matches in a report to be handed by UEFA to the British Government in Brussels on Tuesday.

The report, which has been compiled by undercover police agents from a neutral European force over the last four years, will be given by UEFA president Michel Platini to British sports minister Richard Caborn.

UEFA spokesman William Gaillard told Reuters: "The incidents involving Liverpool fans have been well known to us before the trouble at the Champions League final which involved Liverpool fans last week.

"That was just the latest example. What other set of fans steal tickets from their fellow supporters or out of the hands of children? We know what happened in Athens, and Liverpool fans were the cause of most of the trouble there.

"There have been 25 incidents involving Liverpool fans away from home since 2003 and these are in the report -- most teams' supporters do not cause any trouble at all."
Problems occurred at the Champions League final when fans with forged tickets and even without any ticket gained entry to the Olympic Stadium for the match against AC Milan, while dozens of fans with genuine tickets were refused entry.

When Liverpool fans did try to gain entry the situation threatened to escalate out of control and the Greek police fired tear gas and used batons.
Liverpool have submitted their own report to UEFA which criticises the security arrangements for the final.

Gaillard added: "You must ask yourself why at the same match, with the same conditions, there was no trouble with the Milan fans -- only the Liverpool fans."

Liverpool fans were held responsible for the disaster at the 1985 European Cup final at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels when 39 mainly Italian fans died after a wall collapsed following a charge by Liverpool fans before the match against Juventus.

The tragedy led to English clubs being banned from European competition for five years.

I know the club has had a bad past with Heysel and Hillsbrough coming to mind. But why should we be named the 'worst set of fans' just because of one bad incident?Isn't it a case of jumping to conclusions.

I mean, I'm so pissed and tired of it all that I don't think I should continue to spill forth explicit languages here. Time heal all wounds, my ar*e. 15 years down the road we'll still be named the worst set of fans for whatever the reason is.

So with some research, I looked up this blog post from The Guardian and the writer actually chatted up with a UEFA official. Look what the official said, without knowing he's a reporter:

On the day after the Champions League final, I had a fortuitous meeting. In the mayhem of Athens' perpetual rush hour and teeming acid rain, a taxi from hotel to airport was looking unlikely. Then I saw a smooth, young go-getter grab one and I asked where he was going. "Airport." A problem shared is a fare halved.

We chatted about the final and it emerged he was a Uefa big nob on the way back to Geneva. "Did you see the three wise men giving away the trophy?" he asked with an impressive sneer. "Berlusconi, Blatter and Platini? My God, what a collection. Platini? We call him Platter at HQ. Says it all. Blatter would never have been welcome when Johansson was in charge. They loathed each other and Blatter hates the whole Champions League anyway."

I asked him about the ticketing problems and Uefa spokesman William Gaillard's assertion that it was all the fault of the Liverpool fans. "Gaillard? We'll see how long he survives. What an embarrassment. Not a clue." Then he added: "Let me tell you something else. Our promotions company had 46 tickets stolen the night before the game and when some were found we sent a secretary down to identify them and she was held in custody for 10 hours.

"The Greek police are useless. With the fans, they see behaviour they don't understand and they completely over-react." I suggested the corporate world got too many tickets.

"No, they don't get enough. When you consider the money the sponsors put in, they should get a lot more".

Now you know.


Anonymous said...

Don't agree. Most fans are great, I've been to Anfield to watch Barnsley and we had a good old chat with Everton and Reds fans, but some are bad news. Same everywhere, but this kind of stuff follows Liverpool around like a bad smell. My blog: - for once I'm with UEFA, although the swines are hypocritical and should definitely have given more tickets to the fans


There is absolutely no doubt there will be the good and bad sets of fans from all the clubs and no club has the 'perfect' set but looking at what Platini said before the finals, you just got to wonder how they managed to point their fingers solely on us and labeling the lot as the worst fan.

So the Italian Ultras are a wonderful bunch, eh?