Liverpool midfielder Thiago’s wife tells of Champions League final ‘nightmare’

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Liverpool midfielder Thiago’s wife tells of Champions League final ‘nightmare’

Thiago Alcantara's wife has spoken of how Liverpool's Champions League final turned into a 'total nightmare' as fans were robbed, assaulted and tearga

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Thiago Alcantara‘s wife has spoken of how Liverpool‘s Champions League final turned into a ‘total nightmare’ as fans were robbed, assaulted and teargassed outside the Stade de France.

Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat by Real Madrid was completely overshadowed by the chaos ahead of kick-off as thousands of supporters were caught up in dangerous scenes as they tried to get inside the stadium.

Players’ families were involved in it with Julia Vigas taking to Instagram to describe her experience.

She wrote: ‘I don’t like to comment on these things but this time I need to express myself.

‘Yesterday’s final was a total nightmare, and this is not about football, it goes far beyond the result.

‘Due to a lack of organization and security, there were so many scary moments:

‘Constantly threatened by bands of robbers, that were trying to assault us and slipped onto the stadium without a ticket.

Thiago Alcantara's wife, Julia Vigas, has told of her 'total nightmare' at Saturday night's Champions League final as Liverpool fans and players' families were caught up in chaos

Thiago Alcantara's wife, Julia Vigas, has told of her 'total nightmare' at Saturday night's Champions League final as Liverpool fans and players' families were caught up in chaos

Thiago Alcantara’s wife, Julia Vigas, has told of her ‘total nightmare’ at Saturday night’s Champions League final as Liverpool fans and players’ families were caught up in chaos

Liverpool fans waiting outside the Stade de France in Paris were teargassed by riot police

Liverpool fans waiting outside the Stade de France in Paris were teargassed by riot police

Liverpool fans waiting outside the Stade de France in Paris were teargassed by riot police

Entrances to the stadium were locked shut with thousands queuing outside, with UEFA and the French authorities claiming Liverpool fans with counterfeit tickets had tried to gain access

Entrances to the stadium were locked shut with thousands queuing outside, with UEFA and the French authorities claiming Liverpool fans with counterfeit tickets had tried to gain access

Entrances to the stadium were locked shut with thousands queuing outside, with UEFA and the French authorities claiming Liverpool fans with counterfeit tickets had tried to gain access

‘For that many supporters were left out of the game triggering avalanches of people.

‘Tear gas was thrown by the police at families and supporters, and some of them also were beaten down. All of them innocent people.

‘Because [of] all this trouble, we had to leave the stadium escorted for our own safety.

Vigas, pictured in a Liverpool shirt on her trip to Paris, described how fans were robbed, assaulted and teargassed

Vigas, pictured in a Liverpool shirt on her trip to Paris, described how fans were robbed, assaulted and teargassed

Vigas, pictured in a Liverpool shirt on her trip to Paris, described how fans were robbed, assaulted and teargassed 

‘Something has to be done, these kind of things cannot happen in any kind of event and we ask for responsibility. It could have been much worse.’

Her experience will be familiar to many Liverpool fans left trapped outside the Stade de France after entrance gates were repeatedly shut in an effort to deter those without tickets or counterfeit tickets which wouldn’t scan at the turnstiles.

Videos emerged showing heavy-handed French riot police pepper spraying fans who’d queued patiently for hours and tear gas was also deployed on fans already being held in near-crush conditions.

Liverpool and the British government have called on UEFA to conduct a formal investigation into the shambolic events.

The French authorities, including government ministers, blamed Liverpool fans attempting to gain access with forged tickets for the bottlenecks that developed.

The 9pm local time kick-off was delayed by 36 minutes with UEFA initially giving the ‘late arrival of fans’ to the ground as the cause.

However, they later changed the reason to ‘thousands of ticketless fans’ turning up at the stadium – a claim then backed by the French interior minister Gerald Darmanin.

Vigas described her experiences trying to get into the match on her Instagram account

Vigas described her experiences trying to get into the match on her Instagram account

Vigas described her experiences trying to get into the match on her Instagram account

A Liverpool fan is pepper sprayed by a police officer in shambolic scenes outside the stadium

A Liverpool fan is pepper sprayed by a police officer in shambolic scenes outside the stadium

A Liverpool fan is pepper sprayed by a police officer in shambolic scenes outside the stadium 

Liverpool fans with genuine tickets were left stuck outside after ticketless supporters attempted to gain access amid chaotic scenes

Liverpool fans with genuine tickets were left stuck outside after ticketless supporters attempted to gain access amid chaotic scenes

Liverpool fans with genuine tickets were left stuck outside after ticketless supporters attempted to gain access amid chaotic scenes

Parisian police said 68 arrests had been made and 174 people were injured, many suffering from smoke inhalation following the use of tear gas.

The relatives of other Liverpool players were also caught up in the carnage, with Joel Matip’s brother, Marvin, forced to flee along with his pregnant wife to avoid the tear gas fired indiscriminately by inept police.

Defender Andy Robertson also slammed UEFA, saying: ‘We all had family and friends here.

‘None of us were on our phones (before the game) but then you come in after the game, go on your phone and you have seen everyone struggling to get in.

Riot police and Liverpool fans pictured at the entry to the Stade de France in Paris

Riot police and Liverpool fans pictured at the entry to the Stade de France in Paris

Riot police and Liverpool fans pictured at the entry to the Stade de France in Paris

Liverpool fans try to cover their faces with their shirts after tear gas was sprayed at them

Liverpool fans try to cover their faces with their shirts after tear gas was sprayed at them

Liverpool fans try to cover their faces with their shirts after tear gas was sprayed at them

‘The French police were being pretty heavy-handed; people who had got legitimate tickets were being told they had fake tickets, which happened to one of my mates.

‘I can assure you it wasn’t a fake ticket so when it comes to that, they have just panicked.

‘Luckily (my mate) managed to get in because one of the club representatives sorted it. But they said it was a fake ticket, which I can assure you it wasn’t.

‘I think they were making it up at times and panicked. For me it shouldn’t really happen. UEFA should have been better organised.’

Andy Robertson has labelled UEFA a 'shambles' following the chaotic scenes before the match

Andy Robertson has labelled UEFA a 'shambles' following the chaotic scenes before the match

Andy Robertson has labelled UEFA a ‘shambles’ following the chaotic scenes before the match

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