Matip’s brother forced to flee UCL final with pregnant wife amid tear gas horror

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Joel Matip's brother was forced to flea from the Champions League final with his pregnant wife after they were tear gassed outside the stadium.

Issues outside the Stade de France relating to getting fans into the ground ahead of the match caused the kick-off to be pushed back by half an hour. Reports from the French capital also stated that Liverpool fans were met with pepper spray and tear gas as they struggled to get into the stadium in time for kick-off.

Amongst those caught up in the chaotic scenes were Matip's brother Marvin and his pregnant wife, according to Sky in Germany's Florian Plettenberg.

Reporting on the scenes on Twitter, Plettenberg wrote: "Update Paris: Massive chaos in front of the stadium. The brother of Joel Matip, Marvin, had to flee with his family while they tried to get access in the stadium. His wife is pregnant. Tear gas! They had to take refuge in a restaurant."

Troubling scenes outside the stadium resulted in the start of the match being pushed back twice before the players from Real Madrid and Liverpool finally took to the field half an hour after the initial scheduled kick-off time.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC journalist Nick Parrott described the scenes outside the venue, explaining: "I have just been pepper sprayed for the first time in my life. I have been to the Champions League final before and I have never been pepper sprayed before.

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"I was outside Gate Y which has been opening and closing repeatedly over the last hour and a half but nobody has been going through. The security staff on the other side advanced and sprayed pepper spray.

"I have seen 10 fans trying to climb over fences. Gate Z is open but there does not seem to be any movement going in. I have never seen this sort of chaos at any match I have been to in a personal capacity.

"The Liverpool fans are trying to move themselves back from these gates to try and get in but the authorities seem to be doing nothing. I came to get into the stadium at seven o'clock.

"I got through the outer perimeter where there is crushing. I came round in good time and it was quite clear that we were not going to get in before nine o'clock."

Matip was absent from Liverpool's starting line-up in Paris, with Jurgen Klopp instead starting Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate in the centre of his defence instead.

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