Europe topmost club football competition, the UEFA Champions League will kick off in few hours as two English sides, Tottenham and Liverpool lock horns in the grand finale in Wanda Metropolitano stadium, home of Atletico Madrid.
Many supporters spent Friday making the journey to Spain from the UK. Uefa said “an organised group of people impersonating genuine stewards” was behind a plot to steal match tickets and warned fans to be on their guard.
It said the group’s aim was to steal tickets “as if they were conducting the visual or technical ticket check”. Spurs and Liverpool fans are sharing 33,226 tickets for the final, which takes place at the 68,000-capacity stadium.
Fans have been warned only to show their tickets at clearly marked check zones outside the Wanda Metropolitano.
Spanish police have arrested a number of people for selling fake tickets, including a pair who were allegedly attempting to sell counterfeits near the Liverpool fans’ meeting point in Madrid.
The UK government has issued travel advice those heading to the Spanish capital.Spanish police have told English football fans to “behave like tourists”, as an extra 1,300 officers have been deployed to cope with the influx of supporters.
Both teams reached the finals following one of the most dramatic wins in Champions League history. Liverpool defied all odds to dump Barcelona out of the competition in Anfield after a resounding 4-0 victory, having been defeated a week earlier in Camp Nou by 3-0.
Tottenham Hotspur also produced moments of magic after trailing Ajax by 3-0 only to turn the tie around with with 3 quick goals and win on the away goal rule aggregate.