Why is the Champions League final delayed? Liverpool fans stuck outside stadium

The Champions League final has officially been delayed by 36 minutes — with Liverpool fans stuck outside the stadium in the build-up to the game.

This is the second delay of the night. The game was originally delayed by 15 minutes before the Liverpool players emerged for a second warm-up, nearly 10 minutes after the originally scheduled kick-off time. The match was then delayed again, before a further six-minute delay until 8.36pm.

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Fans have reported significant queues and bottlenecks outside the Stade de France ahead of Saturday night’s clash between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

It is understood that fans have been queuing outside the ground for more than two and a half hours. The Athletic has also been told fans with tickets have so far been unable to get into the ground.

Footage from outside the ground at 8pm, the planned kick-off time, showed hundreds of supporters stuck at the entrance gates.

Liverpool fan Peter Clarkson, who has been an Anfield season ticket holder for over 20 years, told The Athletic“I’ve never been so scared in my life. I’ve been to five Champions League finals but I’ve never experienced anything like this. It was awful. I spoke to (FSG president) Mike Gordon outside the ground and he said it was appalling the way fans were being treated.

“Whatever happens in the game, it’s ruined this trip.”

He added: “No one knew where to go. Funnelled into an area with a police van and there was almost a crush. Pleading with police to help but nothing. They weren’t interested. Then got to turnstiles and it was chaos! My I told police if they didn’t do something people would get hurt.

“For UEFA to say late arrival of fans is an absolute disgrace. We were outside the ground trying to get in 2 hours before kick-off.”

Liverpool’s women and academy press officer Andy Kelly tweeted: “Throughly unpleasant experience and so dangerous. This isn’t how fans should be treated in a civilized society. Unacceptable.”

Sir Kenny Dalglish wrote: “Kick off delayed by 15 minutes. Stay safe everyone and if you know anybody waiting to get in, let them know that they have time.”

Former England international and television pundit Gary Lineker tweeted: “Finding it impossible to get in the ground. This appears to be very dangerous. Absolute carnage.”

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