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Sky Sports’ Gary Neville tears into BT Sport’s coverage of the Champions League chaos

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville slammed BT Sport for its coverage of the Champions League final after viewers were left in the dark over the chaos outside the stadium

Liverpool fans had to protect themselves from tear gas in horrific scenes ahead of the Champions League final
Liverpool fans had to protect themselves from tear gas in horrific scenes ahead of the Champions League final

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has slammed BT Sport’s coverage of the Champions League final after viewers were left in the dark over the chaos outside the Stade de France before the kick-off.

Real Madrid’s win over Liverpool was marred by unsavory scenes outside the stadium, causing kick-off to be delayed by half an hour. A large number of Reds fans struggled to get into the ground and were even tear gassed.

But as the dire situation unfolded, the BT Sport team seemed helpless and struggled to provide any real information on the troubles outside the stadium. Even as the situation unfolded, they failed to give viewers any meaningful updates and were slammed online for their unfortunate reporting.

And Neville – who is a regular on rival Sky Sports’ football coverage – has totally hit out at BT on his Twitter account. The former Manchester United ace tweeted a post that read: “Surprised BT Sport doesn’t have a team on standby outside the stadium and gets little to no sense of the broadcaster’s big history,” noting: “Bist you surprised? “I am not. They cannot react or are not agile when things like this happen.”

He continued to hit out at the lack of coverage by retweeting and liking a number of other scathing messages. Neville shared and liked a tweet which read: “It can be said that BT Sport and their lightweight team are totally unfit to cover an event like this and are still chatting to Football 5 Live to cover what right happened.”

Another tweet was also shared and liked by Neville which read: “You would have thought BT would have enough cameras to send someone outside and film the carnage to let viewers know. Chatting with experts and waiting for an opening ceremony is reminiscent of the tone – deaf TV coverage leading up to the Euro 2020 final amid the chaos outside.”

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UEFA has already come under fire from fans online after they suggested the game’s delay and problems outside the stadium were due to fans being late. Not surprisingly, they were quick to retract those claims, instead blaming “security issues” for the delays, which have affected a multitude of Liverpool fans.

A number of famous faces have also been caught up in the chaos, including Match of the Day host Gary Lineker and Joel Matip’s brother Marvin and his pregnant wife.

The pair were left with no choice but to take cover at a nearby restaurant. Marvin told Sky Sport: “The organization around and in the stadium is unworthy of a Champions League final! Using tear gas in areas with children and bystander fans is dangerous.”

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In the latter stages of the game, with Vinicius’ winner securing second-half triumph, UEFA released a statement blaming “fake tickets” for the chaos that took place outside the stadium.

Liverpool have called for a “formal investigation” into the incident and UEFA have released a statement saying: “In the run-up to the match, the turnstiles at the Liverpool end were blocked by thousands of fans who had bought fake tickets that didn’t work in the turnstiles.

“This led to a conglomeration of fans trying to get in. As a result, kick-off was delayed by 35 minutes to allow access for as many fans as possible with real tickets.

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“As the numbers outside the stadium continued to build up after kick-off, the police dispersed them with tear gas and forced them out of the stadium. UEFA understands those affected by these events and will urgently investigate this matter further, together with the French police and authorities and with the French Football Federation.”

Liverpool’s statement read: “We are extremely disappointed by the stadium access issues and security perimeter collapse faced by Liverpool fans at the Stade de France tonight.

“This is the biggest match in European football and the fans should not have to live through the scenes we witnessed tonight. We have officially requested a formal investigation into the causes of these unacceptable problems.”

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