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UEFA Champions League > future ticket measures May 26, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Football.

Champions League Final problems prompt rethink about ticket measures

European soccer’s governing body, UEFA, has vowed to tighten security at next year’s Champions League in Moscow after there was trouble in Athens with fans getting into the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday lacking or with forged tickets.

“Next season, we will have tougher measures for the final in Moscow,” UEFA spokesman William Gaillard told Reuters. “We may look at the idea of people only being given a visa if they have an official match ticket.”

Meanwhile, British Ambassador Simon Gass met with Police Chief Anastassios Dimoschakis yesterday to discuss the problems with the security measures for the final.

98 tonnes of cans cleared… > Cleanup crews in Athens collected 98 tonnes of beverage cans left behind by Liverpool and AC Milan fans during their stay in the city for Wednesday’s Champions League final, a city official said yesterday.

“From Tuesday onwards, we collected seven truck-loads of beer cans,” the official told private Flash Radio following AC Milan’s 2-1 win. “Each load is fourteen tonnes…and because beverage has a certain effect on bodily functions, we had to wash many areas with shampoo afterwards,” he added.

Thousands of fans, mainly Liverpool supporters, arrived in Athens without tickets and authorities created gathering areas in the city’s main squares to accommodate them. From the Zappeion gathering area alone, where a large screen was erected to show the final, cleanup crews collected two tonnes of beverage cans, the official said. “This has all gone into recycling,” he said.

Authorities in Greece feared incidents would break out between drunken Liverpool and Milan supporters during the week, and put 7,500 police officers on hooligan duty around the capital. But barring a brief scuffle between rival supporters at Zappeio on Wednesday night, the final passed without major incident. Police detained 230 fans found in possession of fake tickets but released them after questioning.

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