LFC supporters wearing football shirts in the Paris area face huge fines
Liverpool supporters could face huge fines if they wear a football shirt and scarf in an area of Paris.
Thousands of Liverpool fans are heading to the city, or have already arrived, ahead of the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday. Ahead of the match, Merseyside Police took to social media to warn fans not to wear football club memorabilia on the Champs-Élysées.
The force has been told by officials in Paris that anyone is prohibited from wearing “any football club colour” in the area between 3 p.m. Thursday May 26 and Sunday May 29 at 6 p.m. The ban covers scarves, hats and banners and anyone who breaks the ban can be fined 135 euros.
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A tweet from Merseyside Police said: “From 3.00pm on 26.05 until 6.00pm on Sunday 29.05 it is forbidden to wear football club colors in the Champs Elysees area. This includes scarves, hats, banners, etc. The police can issue a 135 euro fine.”
The ban was met with “shock” and confusion from Liverpool fans. One person said “Absolutely shocking, surely not.”
Other fans said they were on the Champs-Élysées and had no problem with the police in the area. Twitter user @navbasiTLW said: “Many of us here with colors, no problem with the police. They have been very welcoming hosts.”
Between 50,000 and 60,000 supporters are expected by bus, train, plane and boat for the final at the Stade de France. LFC will be hoping to lift the trophy for the seventh time on Saturday after their last league victory in Madrid in 2019.