Football: Champions League final kickoff delayed for security reasons

Football: Champions League final kickoff delayed for security reasons
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An announcer said the Champions League final's start 'must be delayed for some minutes for security reasons' 15 minutes before it was due to get underway.
The Champions League football final between Liverpool and Real Madrid is taking place in Paris [Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto/Getty]

The kickoff of Saturday's Champions League football final between Liverpool and Real Madrid near Paris was delayed for security reasons, a stadium announcer said on Saturday.

"The kickoff must be delayed for some minutes for security reasons," the announcer said 15 minutes before the 2100 local time (1900 GMT) scheduled start of the match.

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"The start of the match is delayed due to the late arrival of fans," it was announced later.

"Supporters attempted to penetrate the stadium. They forced their way through the first filter. The screening at the Stade de France is watertight," French police said in a statement.

(Reuters)