With the whole of Europe currently on edge following last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, security for El Clasico on Saturday has been majorly ramped up.
At least 129 people were killed when seven coordinated attacks were carried out in the French capital last week, and football matches are seemingly becoming a popular target.
But security officials have taken extra precautions in the build up to Saturday’s huge clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Bernabeu, which include tripling the number of searches by stewards and double the amount of police officers.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the extra measures taken for the match in Madrid:
Triple security ring. People attending El Clásico will have to overcome three security controls where police will carry out thorough searches. People going to the box and VIPs will also have to pass through metal detectors.
Thorough searches. “We will search even in the sandwiches,” said the delegate of the Spanish government in Madrid. Police will search in every object carried by fans entering the stadium.
Special opening of doors. Exceptionally, doors at Santiago Bernabéu will open two hours before the match to prevent mass or queues due to security controls.
Double policemen than in the last high-risk match. Real Madrid – Juventus on May 2015 was the last high-risk match. There were 1,635 security guards. This Saturday there will be around 3,000.
Alert since Thursday. A special squad with dogs trained to detect explosives will monitor areas near the stadium from 48 hours before the match.