15 Mar, 2023 @ 19:30
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Liverpool fans try to skip out on €2,200 bar bill in central Madrid

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September 26, 2021, Liverpool, England: Liverpool, England, Sep 26th 202 Fans during 2 – 1, win for Liverpool at Prenton Park today Liverpool v Crystal Palace. Terry Scott (Credit Image: © Terry Scott/Sport Press Photo via ZUMA Press)

TWO LIVERPOOL fans in Madrid for today’s Champions League game against Real Madrid have been arrested after running up a €2,200 bar bill and then leaving without paying. 

The men, aged 52 and 49, bought drinks for everyone on Tuesday night in an establishment called Commo, located in Calle Espoz y Mina, the Spanish daily ABC reported. In total, between shots, champagne and long drinks, they made as many as 90 orders.

At one point the waiters gave them a bill for €1,000, which the two paid. But then they continued to order more drinks, claiming to be millionaires and assuring the staff that they would not have to worry about the bill. 

At 2.30am, when the establishment was closing, the two men – who by that point were very drunk – tried to get out of paying, claiming they did not have enough money on them. 

The National Police were called, prompting a violent response from the two Liverpool fans. They were eventually arrested and accused of fraud. 

The Madrid council’s security chief, Inmaculada Sanz, on Wednesday called on Liverpool fans in the city for the Champions League game to try to enjoy themselves without causing problems. This incident, however, came before that particular appeal.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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