Liverpool welcomes Barcelona fans ahead of Champions League semi final
The city of Liverpool is looking forward to welcoming Barcelona fans on Tuesday, 7 May, for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final at Anfield.
Merseyside Police is working together with Liverpool and Barcelona, as well as other partner agencies in the city, to ensure that fans of both clubs can have a safe and enjoyable evening at the game.
Match Commander Superintendent Paul White said: "We are expecting a vibrant atmosphere at Tuesday’s match, but our intention is that at the end of the day we will be talking about the game and what happened on the pitch as opposed to off the pitch.
"As always, my officers will be dealing with the fans, as they would expect to be treated themselves. Our policing style will be firm, fair and friendly, but we will take action where necessary, against those individuals who may seek to cause problems or misbehave and spoil the evening for the majority of supporters.
"We know that this will be a busy operation with the eyes of the footballing world on Liverpool and we hope that fans attending the match will act as ambassadors for their clubs and enjoy what I am sure will be a good game. Both sets of supporters will be delighted that their teams have reached the semis and whatever the result on the night, that is an achievement worth celebrating for both clubs.”
He added: "To ensure a safe environment for those attending the game, officers, working with Club stewards, will be providing a reassuring presence in the area and they will be supported by mobile CCTV, provided by Liverpool City Council, and specialist dogs trained to detect pyrotechnics.
"Merseyside Police has been planning with Liverpool Football Club, Barcelona and other partners in the city to ensure that everyone attending the game has a great evening.
"While recognising that some supporters feel they can add to the atmosphere of the occasion, the use of flares and other pyrotechnics at and around football matches is a concern. We fully support the club in working to eradicate this dangerous and reckless practice and would ask that supporters work with us.
"The police and courts take these offences very seriously and prosecution can result in a prison sentence. I would remind people that this can apply not only within the stadium, but also in the surrounding streets and when attempting to enter the ground. Merseyside Police is committed to ensuring that everyone involved and attending the game tonight has a safe and enjoyable experience and we will not tolerate any criminal, or anti-social behaviour."
"As usual we would ask fans with tickets to arrive at the ground as early as possible. Fans without tickets should not attend at all; they will not be allowed entry into the stadium."
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