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Madrid under tight security for 'high risk' Libertadores final

AFP  |  Madrid 

Nearly 4,000 police and private security guards will be deployed in for the "high-risk" final between Argentine rivals and River Plate, the government said Friday.

More than 2,000 national police will deploy around the on Sunday where both teams will be playing far from home after the second leg final was postponed following an attack by River fans on Boca's team bus.

That is more than for the last final in the 81,000-seat stadium in 2010 when national police deployed a 1,400-strong force.

It is also more than the 1,500 police officers deployed for the "clasico" game between rivals Real and that took place under high security five days after the 2015 attacks.

Apart from national police officers, 1,700 private security guards will be used on Sunday by Real Madrid, which owns the stadium.

has called on 150 municipal police while 150 emergency workers will be on site, said Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes, the central government's in

"These are really big measures as it's a high-risk match," he told reporters.

CONMEBOL, South America's federation, decided to rearrange the game, controversially moving it from to amid fears of further fan violence.

The stadium will be surrounded by a triple security cordon, as remains on high terror alert -- at level four out of five.

Two fan zones will be set up on either side of the stadium.

Two large squares -- Puerta del Sol and -- have also been set aside for celebrations after the match depending on who wins. They are just under two kilometres apart.

Rodriguez said some 200 to 300 "particularly violent" supporters from each team had been identified by Spanish and Argentinian authorities, but if was unclear whether they were in Madrid or not.

He added that supporters found to have a "serious" criminal record could be sent straight back to if they came to Madrid.

Between 5,500 and 6,000 out of 10,000 tickets for supporters living in have been sold, Rodriguez said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 22:10 IST
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