Roman Kemp reflects on 'terrifying' Champions League final experience

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: Presenter Roman Kemp during a Concert for Ukraine at Resorts World Arena on March 29, 2022 in Birmingham, England. All proceeds from Concert for Ukraine are being donated to Disasters Emergency Committee's Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. (Photo by Joe Maher/Disasters Emergency Committee/Getty Images for Livewire Pictures Ltd)
Roman Kemp during a Concert for Ukraine. (Getty Images for Livewire Pictures Ltd)

Radio presenter Roman Kemp has opened up on his experience at the Champions League final in Paris where he was tear-gassed by French police.

Attending to watch Liverpool take on Real Madrid, the lead up to the game was marred by issues with organisation and police.

On his Capital Radio breakfast show, Kemp described his experience of the game, which he called 'horrific'.

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He talked about being part of a group of fans who were 'funnelled' through a tunnel to the stadium: "The second we got there, it was hostility straightaway. One of my mates is having a panic attack at the time and saying 'I just need to get out'."

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 28: Police spray tear gas at Liverpool fans outside the stadium as fans struggle to enter prior to the UEFA Champions League final match between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid at Stade de France on May 28, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Police spray tear gas at Liverpool fans outside the stadium as fans struggle to enter prior to the UEFA Champions League final match. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Kemp then detailed the clash with the French police who were criticised on social media for their treatment of fans: "The police... they're just laughing at the fans and then all of a sudden tear gas starts getting thrown at us, pepper spray starts coming out from the top."

He added: "People were trying to hold up their kids. It was the worst experience I've ever had in a football ground. It was really, really scary."

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Kemp also called for the policing of the event to be investigated: "It was just so, so horrendous. It was discriminatory against Liverpool fans. And the reason I say that they should investigate it is because when we got in there, all the Real Madrid fans were in there and the Liverpool fans were not in there at all. It was crazy. It was absolutely crazy."

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: Roman Kemp attends the
Roman Kemp attends the Ghostbusters: Afterlife screening. (Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

Various British MP's have also called for an investigation into the events before kick-off including Ian Byrne who attended the match.

He compared the scenes to the Hillsborough disaster which killed 97 Liverpool fans in 1989.

Byrne has written to the foreign secretary Nadine Dorries to demand a formal probe and apologies from the French authorities and Uefa who organised the game.

Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 thanks to a goal from Vinicius Junior in the 59th minute. It was Madrid's record 14th Champions League title.

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