UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has said “sorry” for the first time over the events that unfolded at the 2022 Champions League final.

Liverpool played Real Madrid at the Stade de France on May 28 last year, but fans of “The Reds” ended up stuck outside the ground in bottlenecks and were teargassed by police.

At the time, police and UEFA blamed Liverpool fans for arriving late and trying to enter with fake tickets.

But an independent review released last month concluded UEFA “bear primary responsibility” for the chaos, and that their organisation of the event was “defective.”

Stade de France: Zakarie Faibis, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
The Stade de France played host to the 2022 Champions League final. Credit: Zakarie Faibis, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

UK law firm Leigh Day have taken legal action against UEFA, and more than 600 Liverpool fans have joined their group claim.

Last week, a refund scheme was announced by UEFA for Liverpool fans who had tickets for the 2022 final, however fans of the club don’t think this is enough.

Today, Ceferin spoke about the chaos to Gary Neville’s The Overlap.

He said: “I feel sorry for what happened and we will make sure that it doesn’t happen again, that’s the most important thing for me.

“There is not a single person in UEFA who is not terribly sorry, and the main topic of conversation is how to make sure that it does not happen again. Thank God, nothing terrible happened.

“We are doing everything we can and we will not let it happen again.”

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