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Outrage as report on Paris final policing links Hillsborough with hooliganism

  • Hillsborough reason for ‘firm policing’, says government report
  • Liverpool fans’ fears confirmed after Champions League chaos

The French authorities deployed riot police in large numbers at the Champions League final in Paris apparently due to a misconceived association of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster with hooliganism, according to an official report produced for France’s prime minister.

The report by Michel Cadot, the French sports ministry’s delegate on major sporting events, appears to confirm many Liverpool supporters’ bleakest assumptions at the final, that the heavy-handed policing they suffered, including being teargassed, was informed by prejudice about their likely behaviour.

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