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Madrid launches security operation for Copa Libertadores final

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Madrid launches security operation for Copa Libertadores final

SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (DECEMBER 7, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPANISH GOVERNMENT DELEGATE TO MADRID, JOSE MANUEL RODRIGUEZ URIBES, SAYING: "The national police force are working to detect them (known Argentine soccer hooligans), as you know we've already sent one person back who had serious previous convictions including homicide and keeping in mind that the work here and also in collaboration with the Argentine police is a direct ongoing operation to stop these types of people arriving and stopping from reaching the stadium." 2.

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(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPANISH GOVERNMENT DELEGATE TO MADRID, JOSE MANUEL RODRIGUEZ URIBES, SAYING: "I think we should remain calm.

We've had important matches here, the police have great professionalism and experience in high-risk fixtures.

We'll soon have the fans of CSKA Moscow here.

Madrid handles important matches almost every week." 4.

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(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPANISH GOVERNMENT DELEGATE TO MADRID, JOSE MANUEL RODRIGUEZ URIBES, SAYING: "The overriding aim is to guarantee the security before the game, during the game and after the game so that we can host the fans here in a normal, peaceful and unrestricted manner and with the necessary air of festivity for such an event." STORY: Madrid has launched a massive police operation to ensure security at the second leg of the Copa Libertadores Final on Sunday (December 9), between Argentine rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors.

Regional authorities held a security meeting in the Spanish capital on Friday (December 7) and outlined efforts to avoid any disruption or violence, including the deployment of over two thousand members of the national police force.

A further 1700 private security staff will be on duty at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium, where the match will be played.

The second leg of the final was scheduled for November 24 in Argentina but was postponed, then moved to Madrid, after several Boca players sustained injuries when rocks were thrown at their team bus as it arrived at River's Monumental stadium.

Spanish police said they were working with Argentine counterparts to identify and intercept any known troublemakers ahead of the South American club final showdown on Sunday.

On Thursday, a member of Boca Juniors' soccer hooligan gang was deported, after being spotted at Spain's international airport.

The first leg, played at Boca's Bombonera stadium, ended 2-2.




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