All is peace as Liverpool win  lifts their fans

THE largest police operation in Spanish sporting history  ended successfully in Madrid, as Liverpool beat Premier League rival Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 to win a somewhat lack-lustre Champions League final.

A combination of lenient, restrained policing, and good-natured fans, turned a potential nightmare into a pleasant, if noisy, night in Spain’s capital city.

As the huge clear-up operation began on Monday morning, it emerged that only 11 arrests were made from an estimated 100,000-plus British fans, who descended on Madrid for the weekend.

The 4,700 officers, tasked with policing the all-British final, generally behaved admirably, in comparison with their counterparts in Sevilla and Barcelona over recent years.

Their aim was to contain the big groups of rival fans from Liverpool and Tottenham, the vast majority arriving without tickets, along with many who had no accommodation.

However, far from the feared predictions of widespread hooliganism in the Spanish press, the weekend, passed off almost without incident.

With the exception of a few idiots, the mood was extremely friendly, with fans mixing well, and, generally, the police playing their part admirably.

There was only one report of brutality when, allegedly, 50 Spurs fans were “battered” outside a bar. And the only recorded offences were for drug possession, assault, flying a drone… and one disgusting example of public indecency.

A British woman, 32, was arrested for selling fake tickets, having told two fans that she could get them into the game, at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, for €8,400, but the pair notified police promptly.

Another Liverpool fan, reported “missing” by his family, had actually been arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Macauley Negus, 23, from Plymouth, was found by police lying “semi-naked” on Calle de Goya at around 2am, before he attacked them and was arrested.

A trio of British fans were also nabbed by plain-clothes officers on Saturday after they stole another fan’s ticket, and also attempted to steal a TV camera from Spanish channel La Sexta.

Aside from mountains of empty beer cans, and the odd hour of lost sleep, which they are famous for anyway, Madrileno (Madrid inhabitants) will be feeling the Champions League benefits for some time.

Over the weekend, an incredible €60m sum was said to have been spent in the city, the average supporter coughing up €150 a day, on top of travel, accommodation and tickets.


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