an impressive police force for the Champions League final

The police force scheduled for the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid next Saturday at the Stade de France (9 p.m.) promises to be impressive. Especially the images of May 7, with excesses on the sidelines of the Coupe de France final between OGC Nice and FC Nantes, set the mood.

On Saturday evening, at 9 p.m., France will host the final of the Champions League, one of the most watched events in the world. Several thousand Liverpool and Real Madrid supporters are expected in the French capital to attend this match from the Stade de France or in the fan zones set up in Paris. Police vow to impress with fear of excesses before and after the meeting.

“The Coupe de France final was a training session, this is our Champions League,” says a police union. The images of May 7, showing excesses on the sidelines of the Coupe de France final between OGC Nice and FC Nantes, made an impression. This Thursday evening and through Saturday, Liverpool supporters will be arriving in Paris in droves to attend this Champions League final. For several weeks, there have been numerous meetings between UEFA, the police headquarters and the cities concerned in order to organize an optimal event for all fans present in France.

Fan zones for the English and the Spaniards

More than 60,000 Liverpool supporters are expected in Paris on Friday and Saturday. UEFA has authorized the English club to sell 22,000 tickets for this match. Fans will therefore find themselves on the streets of Paris without a ticket (they are estimated at 40,000) and it is these people who arouse great fear in the police. The organizers have therefore decided to install two fan zones in Paris to try and contain individuals with no space. The Cours de Vincennes (12th arrondissement) welcomes Liverpool supporters, while the Spaniards can meet at the Parc de la L├ęgion d’honneur in Saint-Denis.

In these fan zones, a giant screen, alcohol and most importantly an ultra-secure perimeter will be set up so that fans of both camps can party in complete safety. After a meeting on Monday, organizers fine-tuned the organization’s final security details near the Stade de France. A palpation takes place within a radius of 1 km around the housing. Around the stadium, bars are open with permission to drink alcohol until 6 pm.

In their travels since the start of the European Cup season, there hasn’t been too much talk about the supporters of either team off the pitch. This risky ranked final will certainly require watching a few small groups of independent supporters on both sides. “We cannot rule out a confrontation with French supporters on the streets of Paris. We cannot force all supporters to join the rallying points. Maximum vigilance will be required,” a police source confided to RMC Sport. According to a police union, the focus will be mainly on the outnumbered Liverpool supporters. In total, according to police sources at RMC Sport, more than 3,000 police/gendarmes will be deployed to secure the event.

A strike at the RER, an additional problem?

After the RER B, the RATP unions called for a strike on the RER A for Saturday, the day of the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid in Saint-Denis, at the Stade de France. The unions CGT, FO, Unsa and La Base denounce “the lack of personnel maintained for several years by the management of the RER” at the RATP. This is a serious element to consider for safe access to the Stade de France. “Most supporters will use public transport for the occasion, confides a member of the Seine-Saint-Denis prefecture. If a protracted strike breaks out on Saturday, it could quickly turn into a mess.” The eyes of the world are on Saint-Denis on Saturday evening for this Champions League final. For this finally moved and decided at the highest level of the state, overflow prohibited.