By Conor Laird
Published: June 9, 2022 3:57 p.m.
Last update: June 9, 2022 10:57 p.m.
The fallout from last month’s Champions League final continued on Thursday, amid confirmation that potentially damning footage surrounding the actions of the police presence during the clash has been permanently deleted.
The latest edition of the most publicized match in European club football, of course, took place just two weeks ago.
The meeting in question saw Real Madrid and Liverpool meet for the second time in five years, with the result once again working in favor of the former en route to a historic 14th title in the competition.
REAL MADRID IN THE HEAD! 🔥
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 28, 2022
Sadly, what should have been a joyful occasion in Paris was ultimately spoiled by ugly scenes in the build-up to the ongoing clash.
As fans around the world know of course, the kick off of the Champions League final has been delayed by almost 40 minutes, due to major security concerns in and around the Stade de France. .
As supporters, largely a persuasion from Liverpool, tried to force their way into the ground, many were stopped in their tracks as a lack of communication and organization surrounding the whole event caused prevented thousands of people from getting to their seats.
Even more alarming was the footage showing the heavy police presence, as innocent attendees with perfectly valid tickets were assaulted and sprayed with tear gas.
It’s scandalous. pic.twitter.com/vuSTQblwzq
— Andy’s Football Tips (@AndyRobsonTips) May 28, 2022
With large sections of fans on both sides, in turn, having missed part if not all of the 90 minutes in the French capital, the backlash resulting from the event has since been understandably widespread.
Demands have multiplied for footage of pre-match scenes to be handed over to the relevant authorities, in a bid to punish those most responsible.
As alluded to above, however, such hopes were, on Thursday, definitely singled out.
Speaking this afternoon, Erwan Le Prévos, director of institutional relations of the French Football Federation, confirmed that after the country’s justice system did not request the evidence in time, all images of the events at the Stade of France were “automatically destroyed”.
This comes despite the images in question being “extremely violent” in nature:
“The images are available for seven days,” Le Prévos began. “They are then automatically destroyed. We should have had a requisition to provide them to the different populations. The images are extremely violent.
🔴 NEWS ALERT
CCTV footage from Stade de France on likely to see ‘extremely violent’ videos has been removed
They have not been claimed by the courts within the legal period of 7 days https://t.co/fnmhnZaWDt pic.twitter.com/mrgytrzNTO
— BFMTV (@BFMTV) June 9, 2022