Why is there a delay in the Liverpool vs Real Madrid Champions League final?

The final of the Champions League has been pushed back 15 minutes due to crowd congestion outside of Paris’ Stade de France.

Liverpool and Real Madrid meet on Saturday for the right to be named the next European champion.

But they had to wait a little longer for kick-off as fans had a hard time filing through the turnstiles at the stadium.

Why was kick-off delayed?

Supporters had begun congregating outside the ground early on Saturday, but as the start approached there were significant delays in their entry.

Liverpool warm-up Champions League final 2021-22

With much of the crowd still outside as 8pm BST (3pm EST) loomed, the decision was made to wait 15 minutes in order to clear some of the bottlenecks outside and allow fans to take their seats.

Will the delay help Liverpool’s cause?

Liverpool went into the final with an injury doubt in the shape of Thiago Alcantara; and according to former Red Steven Gerrard the extra time may play in their favour.

“It looks like Liverpool have had a situation in the warm-up as well so it might be beneficial to have an extra 15 minutes,” he told BT Sport.

“It’s not ideal but you have got to get on with it. If you are not comfortable in the warm-up, it’s very rare you get through the 90 minutes. “They can maybe afford to take a risk if it’s a niggle.”

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