UEFA dismisses French Champions League fake ticket numbers

A senior UEFA representative has rubbished French claims about the number of fake tickets in circulation during the chaotic scenes before last month’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. Martin Kallen, general director of UEFA Events, said Tuesday he did not believe French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin’s claims made on May 28, that … Read more

Rudiger turned down Barcelona to join Ancelotti’s Real Madrid

German defender Antonio Rudiger said Monday that Carlo Ancelotti was instrumental in his decision to join Real Madrid from Chelsea this summer. Rudiger has moved to Santiago Bernabeu on a free transfer after choosing not to extend his Chelsea contract. The 29-year-old defender has signed a four-year deal with the reigning Spanish and European champion. … Read more

UEFA offers excuses to fans over Champions League mayhem

For the first time in its 67-year-old history, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) apologized to spectators for the unpleasant events that happened during the Champions League final. Thousands of supporters were unable to access European club football’s showpiece match despite having genuine tickets, in chaotic scenes that saw the French police use tear … Read more

Real Madrid seeks answers over Champions League final turmoil

Almost a week after the Champions League final escalated into chaos in France, Real Madrid is demanding an explanation for the disorder that it said left its fans “abandoned and defenseless.” Real Madrid had won the European title by defeating Liverpool 1-0 as problems occurred outside the Stade de France in suburban Paris. “We call … Read more

UEFA to probe France’s Champions League final fiasco

European football body UEFA has confirmed an independent and comprehensive review of the chaotic scenes that marred Saturday’s Champions League final in Paris. Liverpool supporters were tear gassed after waiting in huge queues prior to the clash against Real Madrid at the Stade de France, with the access problems leading to a kick-off delay of … Read more

‘No doubt’: Messi tips Benzema as ‘deserved’ winner of Ballon d’Or

Record seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has tipped Real Madrid’s French marksman Karim Benzema to win the award this year after a stellar season. According to Messi, there is “no doubt” that Benzema deserves to win his first Ballon d’Or award this year after carrying Los Blancos to La Liga and the Champions League … Read more

‘Massive’ ticket fraud blamed for France’s Champions League fiasco

France on Monday blamed a massive ticket fraud scheme for the fiasco that marred the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. The chaotic scenes raised questions about the capacity of Paris to host major events, like the 2023 Rugby World Cup and the 2024 Summer Olympics. The French government has faced a barrage … Read more

Marcelo says goodbye as Real Madrid celebrates 14th European crown

Real Madrid captain and veteran Brazilian defender Marcelo bid a tearful farewell as the club and fans celebrated a record 14th European Cup at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real defeated Liverpool 1-0 at the Stade de France on Saturday night, with Vinicius Junior scoring the winning goal to secure the club’s fifth Champions League title in … Read more

Paris faces tough questions after Champions League ‘fiasco’

French authorities and UEFA faced questions Sunday over the handling of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Paris which descended into scenes of chaos before kick-off as English fans struggled to enter the stadium. Liverpool called for an investigation into the treatment of their supporters ahead of the game at the … Read more