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BC-SOC--Champions League Final-Security

May 28, 2019
AP Sports Writer

MADRID (AP) — Spain says it will deploy unprecedented security measures for Saturday’s “high risk” Champions League final in Madrid.

Spanish authorities say the police operation prepared for the final between Liverpool and Tottenham will be the biggest ever for a sporting event in the Spanish capital.

Officials say the measures will surpass those put in place for last year’s Copa Libertadores final between Argentine rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors, a match that was also declared “high risk” by authorities.

More than 4,700 security personnel will be involved in the Champions League operation, which for the first time will include the use of drones to monitor fan activity.

More than 30,000 English fans are expected to watch the final at the 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

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