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Liverpool CEO 'surprised' by French sports minister's 'deeply hurtful' comments


Liverpool chief executive Billy Hogan is "incredibly surprised" by "deeply hurtful" comments made earlier on Monday by the French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera regarding the chaos before the Champions League final in Paris.

Oudea-Castera blamed Liverpool fans being "let out in the wild", but Hogan has responded by saying those comments were "deeply hurtful" to the club.

Liverpool supporters were unable to access the Stade de France smoothly ahead of the clash with Real Madrid, which had to be delayed for more than 30 minutes as a result.

Hogan's comments came in a Q&A discussing the club's response to the issues which affected Liverpool's travelling fans in the French capital.

He addressed Oudea-Castera, saying: "I would just say we are incredibly surprised that someone in that position would make comments in the first place at this point, when we haven't had adequate time to understand what happened.

"There hasn't been an independent investigation to establish all the facts. And as we said on Saturday, there needs to be that independent, transparent investigation into what happened at the match. That's the start of the process

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