On one side, there was an organisational issue with entering the stadium; on the other, an existing problem of lack of security before and after the match. What actually happened at the Stade de France? Let's try to sort out the facts.
Chaos before the match
The problems began with the typical French railway strike. The unions paralysed access from the centre of Paris to the stadium by the RER B commuter train line. Fans switched en masse to the RER D line, from which stop it was problematic to get to the stadium on foot: it is simply further away, the streets are narrow, and you even have to go through a tunnel.
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Seeing this happen, the organisers decided to resign from the first control, where fans without tickets are separated from those holding ones and those with tickets for verification, probably forged ones. Now, these three categories have been mixed together, causing crowds and problems at the stadium gates. They were mostly English, as the Spaniards arrived at the match by coaches and in groups, avoiding unreliable public transport. The result was rather simple: crowding, stress, delay of the match, nervous reactions of the Police, and gassing calm fans blindly and for no reason; generally speaking - a real mess that the "boys next door" took advantage of.
Hundreds of them jumped over the fence without any tickets. They were not grabbed by the stewards – usually found through casual advertisements – hired only a week earlier, without any formation, guidance and competence, unable to stop the intruders, who were often their colleagues from the block of flats.