Liverpool give free tickets to children who suffered at hands of French police

Young Liverpool fans caught in the middle of the chaos outside the Stade de France ahead of last season's Champions League final are being offered free tickets to watch the Reds in action later this month.

Vinicius Jr scored the only goal of the game as Jurgen Klopp's side were beaten by Real Madrid in the European showpiece, but the action was overshadowed by the disgraceful treatment of supporters on their way into the ground before the game.

Thousands of Liverpool fans, including women and children, were left fearing for their safety after being teargassed by police and robbed by local youth gangs as they queued to get into the stadium.

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To try and make it up to some of the younger supporters, Liverpool have invited 550 of them to Anfield to watch their pre-season friendly against Strasbourg on July 31.

The club are keen to provide what sources have described as a "safe space" for the youngsters to enjoy the game and begin something of a healing process with regards to attending football matches in the future.

More than 9,000 witness testimonies were written to the club by fans who have demanded firm answers from both the French authorities and UEFA over the failings on the night.

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Last month, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner called for an explanation from the French government after claiming fans at the ground were "treated like cattle".

French authorities wrongly blamed the shocking scenes on tens of thousands of Liverpool fans turning up without tickets, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. But French politician Gerald Darmanin, who accused supporters of "massive, industrial-scale" ticket fraud and even laid blame at the door of Jurgen Klopp, has since had his claims blasted as "bulls***" by senator Francois-Noel Buffet – the co-chairman of the inquiry into the chaos.


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