UEFA has revealed the exact cause of the delay of the kickoff during the Champions League final tie between Real Madrid and Liverpool.
The European football governing body said the delay was caused by fans of Liverpool who purchased fake tickets for the game.
The match officials had to wait for an extra 36 minutes after the actual time for the kick-off as thousands of Liverpool fans were prevented from entering the stadium.
The situation caused dangerous bottlenecks and potential crushes and the French Police used pepper spray on women and young children to prevent the remote threat of supporters storming the fences in order to ensure they made it into the ground ahead of the scheduled start
After deciding to push back the start of the match until 21.30 local time, UEFA initially blamed the delay on supporters arriving late to Stade de France.
However, the European governing body changed tact and laid the blame squarely at supporters who they alleged turned up without authentic tickets.
A statement read: “This created a build-up of fans trying to get in. As a result, the kick off was delayed by 35 minutes to allow as many fans as possible with genuine tickets to gain access.
As numbers outside the stadium continued to build up after kick off, the police dispersed them with tear gas and forced them away from the stadium.
“UEFA is sympathetic to those affected by these events and will further review these matters urgently together with the French police and authorities, and with the French Football Federation.”