Barcelona Against Liverpool A High Risk Game

The city of Barcelona has seen an influx of Liverpool fans this week with close to 5,000 making the trip to Spain for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Camp Nou.

There will be 4,610 in the away section at the stadium, with another 200 distributed around the ground.


Police have declared the match as ‘high rise’ after the incidents involving Reds fans in Kiev and Liverpool in recent months.

In Kiev, English supporters were attacked by Ukrainian ultras, while Roma‘s fans assaulted a number of those from England in the absence of police protection on Merseyside.

One of the most high profile incidents was when Manchester City’s team bus was damaged on its way to Anfield last year, with fans throwing stones and other objects as it passed.


Police in Barcelona arrested six Liverpool supporters on Tuesday evening near the Plaza Real due to public disorder.

The English side’s fans were involved in a number of altercations in the city centre, and even threw objects at the local police officers.

Traffic onto Las Ramblas had been restricted as a result of the incidents and those arrested have been taken to the Mossos d’Esquadra, Catalonia’s autonomous police force.

As many as 3,000 cans of beer have also been confiscated, which were set to be sold on the streets in the area of the Plaza Real and Las Ramblas.