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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Two law firms are pursuing group legal action against Uefa on behalf of Liverpool fans over the chaos at May’s Champions League final.Reds fans including women, children and disabled people were kettled into crushes by police, hit with riot shields and tear gassed while attending European football’s showpiece event at the Stade de France in Paris. Others were mugged by gangs of local thieves armed with knives.The first legal challenge comes from Liverpool-based firm Binghams Solicitors in partnership with global group PGMBM, who are seeking compensation for fans who were “harmed physically or psychologically” on the basis of “breach of contract and negligence” on Uefa’s part.“After going to exorbitant expense of purchasing legitimate tickets, flights and hotels, Liverpool fans had the right to believe they would be safe in Paris and would be free to watch a game of football,” said PGMBM’s lead solicitor Tony Winterburn. “Uefa owed a duty of care to the fans, and they failed in that duty. We would now encourage anyone affected by the incidents in Paris to register their details with us and come together in bringing a claim.”More on Liverpool FCLiverpool predictions 2022-23: Nunez and Salah are magic but this team still looks second-best03 August, 2022What Man City must fix to ensure Haaland gets goals and Liverpool don't gain title advantage01 August, 2022Nunez outshines Haaland as Liverpool beat Man City to win Community Shield30 July, 2022Liverpool fan Mattie Douglas has already joined the claim. “I have suffered what can only be described as PTSD for weeks,” he said. “I have avoided crowds and I don’t think I’m ready to attend a football match.
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.Meanwhile, the possibility of a separate challenge is being investigated by the Leigh Day firm, which cites travel and consumer law as its expertise and is asking fans to register their interest. “We believe Uefa failed to provide a safe and secure environment for those attending and we are investigating their legal liability to those who suffered injuries as a result,” it said in a statement.While French law would apply to the claims, both firms aim to bring their action on behalf of fans in English courts.French government politicians including interior minister Gérald Darmanin and sports minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra had initially attempted to pin the blame on Liverpool supporters for the disorder, making wild and unsubstantiated claims that up to 40,000 had tried to storm the stadium with fake tickets produced on an “industrial scale”.French police caused physical and psychological injuries to fans at the Stade de France. (Photo: Getty)A six-week investigation carried out by the French senate ultimately exonerated fans entirely, finding that a string of organisational failures from the authorities were the cause of the problems, and clarifying that “Liverpool supporters wanting to support their team are not responsible for what happened”.The French government has largely ignored the findings of the investigation, with no formal apology given to fans for the failures nor for the efforts to pass the buck in the aftermath.Uefa has employed an independent panel to undertake its own investigation, which will deliver preliminary findings in September before releasing a full report in November. European football’s governing body also released a statement in which it said it wished to “sincerely apologise to all spectators who had to experience or witness frightening and distressing events in the build-up” to the final.
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