• Home
  • Topics
  • Independent Report on the UEFA Champions League Final 2022: Lessons for Venue Owners & Event Operators

Independent Report on the UEFA Champions League Final 2022: Lessons for Venue Owners & Event Operators

Football Stadium
Friday, 17 March 2023 By Rob Elvin, Beth Thompson

The events of 28 May 2022 as Liverpool FC (“LFC") prepared to play Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final in Paris (“UCLF22”) have been independently investigated by UEFA, which published a critical report into its findings last month (“Report”).

The Independent Review Panel (“Panel”), led by Dr Brandão Rodrigues, set out to explore and clarify the events that took place, and in doing so, determined that there were eight failures that either caused or contributed to a “near miss” event (i.e. one which had the potential to develop into a mass fatality catastrophe) as well as the organisations accountable for the alleged failures. It identified twenty-one recommendations (page 196 onwards) aimed at optimising the safety and security standards at UEFA events, with the goal of improving services provided at football events more generally and ultimately ensuring that disasters are avoided in the future. The Report’s terms of reference can be found at Appendix I of the Report.

Whilst the Report concerns issues that arose in France where health and safety (“H&S”) laws differ to those in the UK, there are many transferable learnings and implications from a UK H&S law perspective, which all venue owners and event operators should take note of, not just those involved in football.

This article reviews the Report and looks at:

To continue reading or watching login or register here

Already a member? Sign in

Get access to all of the expert analysis and commentary at LawInSport including articles, webinars, conference videos and podcast transcripts.  Find out more here.

Related Articles

Written by

Rob Elvin

Rob Elvin

Rob Elvin is a solicitor-advocate and the managing partner of the Manchester office of Squire Patton Boggs. Following outstanding client feedback, Rob was recognised as a star lawyer in the Acritas StarsTM global database 2020, cited as having “full confidence in his experience and his knowledge, and he was very pragmatic in terms of finding a solution to the issue”.

Rob primarily focuses on leading large and complex investigations across a broad range of health, safety and environmental matters. His expertise also covers nuisance, noise abatement, pollution, permit appeals and environmental warranty and civil claims, judicial review, corporate defence (including bribery and corruption, investigations and corporate manslaughter), inquest law, food hygiene and safety, transport law, including public inquiries in front of traffic commissioners, and product safety, liability and recall.

Beth Thompson

Beth Thompson

Beth Thompson is an associate in the Environmental, Safety & Health Practice at Squire Patton Boggs and is based in their Manchester office. Beth focuses mainly on corporate defence, acting for companies and individuals facing criminal and regulatory proceedings following serious and fatal incidents. She has experience working for organisations in high-profile public inquiries and inquests, as well as assisting in independent internal investigations. Beth has a particular interest and skillset in working in matters of a sensitive nature, including those concerning mental health, suicides, terrorism and whistleblowing claims.

Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.


Legal Advisors

Copyright © LawInSport Limited 2010 - 2022. These pages contain general information only. Nothing in these pages constitutes legal advice. You should consult a suitably qualified lawyer on any specific legal problem or matter. The information provided here was accurate as of the day it was posted; however, the law may have changed since that date. This information is not intended to be, and should not be used as, a substitute for taking legal advice in any specific situation. LawInSport is not responsible for any actions taken or not taken on the basis of this information. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.