FA backed Ceferin for Uefa re-election weeks after final chaos in Paris

  • Liverpool fans describe move as ‘shocking’ and a ‘betrayal’
  • FA says Ceferin’s track record shows suitability as president

The Football Association gave official support for Aleksander Ceferin to be re-elected Uefa president and sent a written endorsement just three weeks after Uefa’s catastrophic organisation of the Champions League final in May. Senior FA officials including the chair, Debbie Hewitt, were at the final between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Stade de France, where Liverpool supporters suffered crushing and violent policing, then were falsely blamed by Uefa.

For weeks after the match Liverpool supporters spoke out and provided evidence to counter Uefa’s claims that fans had been late and thousands without valid tickets had overwhelmed the turnstiles. Many Liverpool fans who had survived the Hillsborough disaster, where South Yorkshire police told similar lies, said the experience in Paris exacerbated their trauma.

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