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Real Madrid triumphs Champions League, as fans tear-gassed outside

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Real Madrid are the Champions of Europe, with a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the UEFA Champion’s League final

Madrid have clinched their 14th title, making them the highest club to do so.

It was a nail-biting game. Liverpool dominated the match but was persistently met with a defensive wall from the Spaniards.

Making it impossible for them to score.

However, it all came down to the man of the match, Madrid’s goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois who consistently made stellar saves.

This helped Madrid to eventually make a break and snap a goal to secure them the lead.

Madrid’s fans screamed with joy as they claimed their 14th Champions League trophy.

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Liverpool chaos

The match also came with its own drama outside of the pitch. The final was delayed for 30 minutes, amid chaotic scenes outside the Paris Stade de France stadium.

Large crowds were stuck outside the gates in the build-up to the game, leaving many confused and angry. Liverpool fans were tear-gassed and unable to enter the stadium, while Real Madrid fans poured into their seats.

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UEFA has since put the blame on fans who purchased ‘fake’ tickets but did not specify from which team the fans were from.

“In the lead-up to the game, the turnstiles at the Liverpool end became blocked by thousands fans who had purchased fake tickets which did not work in the turnstiles.

This created a build-up of fans trying to get in. As a result, the kick off was delayed by 35 minutes to allow as many fans as possible with genuine tickets to gain access.

As numbers outside the stadium continued to build up after kick off, the police dispersed them with tear gas and forced them away from the stadium.

UEFA is sympathetic to those affected by these events and will further review these matters urgently together with the French police and authorities, and with the French Football Federation.

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Liverpool has now called for a formal investigation into the treatment of its fans.

“We are hugely disappointed at the stadium entry issues and breakdown of the security perimeter that Liverpool fans faced this evening at Stade de France.

This is the greatest match in European football and supporters should not have to experience the scenes we have witnessed tonight.

We have officially requested a formal investigation into the causes of these unacceptable issues.”

LIVERPOOL STATEMENT

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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Sex noises interrupt BBC FA Cup coverage

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The BBC has been forced to apologise to viewers after its live coverage of the FA Cup was interrupted by sex noises.

The moaning you just heard was played as Gary Lineker presented the third-round replay between Wolves and Liverpool.

BBC is now investigating the incident which appears to be an act of sabotage.

Lineker says a mobile phone was found taped to the back of the set and was responsible for the sex noises.

After the incident, the broadcaster said the sound being made in the studio was so loud it was “quite difficult” to carry on.

But he still saw humour in the incident calling it a “good” prank and questioning why the BBC felt the need to apologise in the first place.

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Russian controversy at the Australian Open

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Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open following match controversy

As the Australian Open heats up, organisers have been forced to ban Russian flags from the venue.

It follows the red, white and blue flag being spotted behind fans during a match between a Russian and a Ukrainian.

Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia condemned the act and called on organisers to take action.

Tennis Australia has since made changes to its tournament regulations.

In a statement, the organisers say they will “continue to work with the players and fans to ensure the best possible environment to enjoy the tennis.”

The ban is effective immediately.

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