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The kickoff of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid was delayed by more than 30 minutes on Saturday as a large number of Liverpool fans were unable to enter the stadium, prompting police to use pepper spray on the crowd.

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There was a delay of 15 minutes earlier announced A screen inside the Stade de France, outside Paris, appeared at around 8:50 local time, saying it was “due to fans being late” and fans inside noted several empty seats reserved for Liverpool supporters. .

Fans waited in long lines outside the stadium for more than an hour as officials tried to fix a system ticketing error. new York Times reports,

Video deployment of Liverpool fans, some of whom had tickets, were shown on social media wearing riot gear as pepper sprinklers.

An additional delay pushed the start time back to 9:30 pm, with hundreds of fans still outside the stadium.

The game began around 9:36 p.m. Paris time, though an ESPN reporter said in a tweet It seemed that some people inside the stadium were standing without seats and on the stairs.

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