Champions League: Porto to host Man City v Chelsea final
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Armed police were deployed to a busy high street with pictures from the scene showing a number of skirmishes breaking out ahead of the showpiece final in Porto. In the ugly scenes, one man can be seen with blood gushing from his head while another was on the ground.
Heavy-duty officers with batons and helmets could be seen lined up outside popular bars and café’s into the early hours.
Chaotic scenes were also reported on Wednesday evening as football fans gathered in the Albufeira region.
Pubs and bars in the Algarve had been packed with supporters to watch Manchester United lose to Villarreal in the Europa League Final.
According to local media, football fans spilled out onto the streets after the full-time whistle to celebrate, with tensions boiling over.
One witness told the Sun: “That set off pushing and shoving followed by fighting in the street.
“Military police had to wade in with batons to break it up.”
There were no serious injuries reported.
Portuguese authorities have stepped up police patrols across a number of popular regions ahead of the all-English European final on Saturday.
More than 10,000 tickets have been allocated to Chelsea and Manchester City fans – however many more are expected to make the trip as Portugal is on the green list for travel.
UEFA has confirmed 16,500 people will attend the game at the Estadio do Dragao – 33 percent of the stadium capacity.
An allocation of 6,000 tickets has been given to both Chelsea and Manchester City fans, while 1,700 went on general sale.
Fans with tickets through the club are expected to arrive on a chartered flight and be kept in a Covid-secure bubble, with most set to spend less than 24 hours in the country before flying back.
Supporters must have proof of a negative coronavirus test to be allowed into the ground.
A PCR test can be carried out from Wednesday onwards, while a lateral flow test will stand from today.
Manchester City owners covered the cost of their fans’ travel and coronavirus testing.
Chelsea did not offer the same service but did offer to subsidise parts of supporters’ travel fees.
Tickets for the game started at £60 and rose to as much as £515 for category 1 seating.
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The Champions League Final had been due to take place in Istanbul, but was moved shortly after the UK Government put Turkey on the red list for travel.
Portugal has been on the green list for travel since May 17, meaning holidaymakers do not need to quarantine on return.
Visitors do, however, need a passenger locator card and a PCR test prove they are fit to fly.
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