Madrid police warn of elaborate plot to steal Champions League final tickets
Fake steward bibs, ticket scanners and false accreditation have already been seized in Madrid.
Madrid police have warned supporters of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur to be vigilant of criminal gangs looking to steal Champions League final tickets by posing as stewards.
The two sides meet in the city's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, home to Atletico Madrid, on Saturday night. Thousands of English fans have made the journey to the city without a ticket and demand is high ahead of kick-off.
As the tweet below shows, some tickets have changed hands for thousands of pounds.
Unprecedented desperation for tickets in and around Liverpool fan zone this morn. Kop season ticket holder of 20 years has sold his after being offered 10k in cash. “I’ll take the kids to Florida,” he tells his pals
— Tom Morgan (@Tom_Morgs) June 1, 2019
Eager to exploit this, local police warned fans to be wary of gang members dressed as stewards, explaining that fake steward bibs, ticket scanners and false accreditation have already been seized by authorities.
The message relayed by James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, supporters are urged to only show their match tickets when in the Uefa check zones - all of which are clearly marked.
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 (@JamesPearceLFC) June 1, 2019
Liverpool and Tottenham fans will need their wits about them.