Unprecedented security plan set for Champions League final

Unprecedented security plan set for Champions League final
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, center, takes part in a training session at the Liverpool soccer team media open day, in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, ahead of their Champions League Final soccer match against Tottenham on Saturday in Madrid. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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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