The chief of Paris police on Thursday acknowledged the “failure”; of security operations for last month’s Champions League final and apologized for tear gas from supporters trying to enter the stadium.
“This is clearly a failure,” Didier Lallement told a commission investigating the fiasco in the French Senate. “It was a failure because people were pushed around and attacked. It is a failure because the image of the country has been tarnished.”
He said he was “sorry” for authorizing the use of tear gas to drive supporters away from the stadium before the match, but added that there was “no other means” to relieve the mounting pressure on Gates. .