30 May, 2019 @ 15:45
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Police in Spain plan record level security as British fans arrive for Madrid Champions League Clash

Soccer Football - Champions League Final - Preview - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - May 28, 2019 General view of armed police officers outside the stadium REUTERS/Sergio Perez
ARMED: Police officers outside the Wanda Metropolitano

SECURITY has been stepped up in Madrid ahead of saturday’s all-English Champions League final.

Authorities expect 67,800 fans to attend Saturday’s clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Police have deployed drones and banned trucks to counter a high threat of terror and prevent fan trouble.

“Security forces and corps have done an enormous, exhaustive and excellent job so that we can all enjoy (the match),” said Madrid regional government spokersperson Maria Paz Garcia-Vera.

Police numbers will swell to 4,700 for what authorities have termed a ‘high risk’ event.

British police are sharing intelligence with their Spanish counterparts and will be in Madrid to assist in the security operation.

Madrid Police Director Francisco Pardo said: “The Champions final is a world showcase, they will be looking at us from all over the world and the Spanish police want to be there to offer a good image of Spain as a safe, hospitable and friendly country.”

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