Madrid Police Seize Fake Steward Equipment Ahead Of Champions League Final
Police in Madrid have seized equipment from what they are calling "an organised gang of steward impersonators" ahead of the Champions League final.
An estimated 100,000 fans will be in Madrid for the all-English final and UEFA have tolf fans to be aware of people posing as stewards stealing tickets and to only use official zones.
European football's governing body also revealed that Spanish police taken items such as fake steward bibs, fake devices for technical checks and fake accreditation passes.
Important warning to #LFC fans from Madrid Police. Gangs are conspiring to steal tickets for the final by posing as fake stewards. Fake steward bibs, ticket scanners and false accreditation have all been seized. Only show tickets at clearly marked UEFA check zones.- James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) June 1, 2019
"The Spanish police have seized fake steward bibs, fake devices for the technical ticket check, as well as fake accreditations," a statement from UEFA said.
"This makes us believe that an organised group of people, impersonating genuine stewards or officials might try to act as if they were conducting the visual or technical ticket check, with the aim of stealing tickets during such controls.
"Supporters should therefore make sure they only show their tickets at the clearly marked check zones and not to individuals or small groups of people who could be wearing fake bibs and might approach them on the way to the stadium, outside of the official check zones."
All the above items can be seen in the following video doing the rounds on social media, with one Liverpool fan going to incredible lengths to try and get in without a ticket.
There were rumblings that a further 4,000 tickets were being released for the showpiece at the Wanda Metropolitano but UEFA have denied it.
They hey have also warned fans regarding the sale of counterfeit tickets being sold and say arrests have already been made.
"In a warning to fans of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur that have travelled to the Spanish capital without tickets, UEFA has reminded supporters that no tickets for individual fans are being distributed via agencies or brokers and encouraged fans not to be duped by touts who demand exorbitant prices despite often not being in possession of the tickets they claim to have for sale."
"It is believed that there is a high number of fake tickets in circulation and arrests have already been made in a clampdown on bogus tickets. Holders of forged tickets will not be allowed into the stadium."