LIVERPOOL and Tottenham fans are gearing up for tonight’s UEFA Champions League final, both sides set to pull out all the stops to claim victory.
Some 70,000 supporters of the English teams have descended on Madrid. The designated UEFA Fan Zone and surrounding streets in the capital’s Puerta del Sol square have been packed with hoards of chanting Brits.
Police mobilised 4,200 officers to keep an eye on fans and to prevent any clashes between Liverpool and Spurs rivals on the streets of the capital. By early afternoon today (Saturday), there were reports of five arrests for assaulting officers.
Many supporters have come to Spain without match tickets: tickets have allegedly been changing hands for as much as €3,000. Spanish press also reported police have made several detentions for trying to sell counterfeit match entries.
Police put out a warning on social media warning of the risks of buying tickets on the street.
Kick off at Atletico Madrid’s 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium is at 9pm.