Spanish police brace for Rangers fans ‘barbarity’ 如 100,000 arrive for Europa Cup Final: Seville security chief fears booze-fuelled violence and admits ‘we’re not able to control anything’
西班牙文 police chiefs have admitted tomorrow’s Europa Cup final in Seville between Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt represents the ‘most complicated’ challenge they face.
They described the numbers of ticketless fans set to descend on the city in the coming hours as a ‘barbarity.’
Spanish National Police chief Juan Carlos Castro today said the heady mix of sunshine and cold beer could spark booze-fuelled violence, whilst admitting ‘we’re not going to control anything’.
The first of the 100,000 Rangers fans due to travel to Seville began to arrive yesterday to start partying in temperatures due to peak at 95 华氏度 (35 摄氏度) at midday today.
Spanish police chiefs have admitted tomorrow’s Europa Cup final in Seville between Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt represents the ‘most complicated’ challenge they face. 图为: Glasgow Rangers supporters cheer outside a bar in Seville on Tuesday. There is no suggestion the people pictured have caused any trouble
The temperature was not expected to drop below 62F (17C) come nightfall, just above Glasgow’s high for the day.
Spanish government officials revealed yesterday more than 5,500 police and private security guards would be mobilised as part of an unprecedented security operation in Seville.
They include riot squad cops and bomb disposal experts as well as a unit tasked with monitoring social media for terrorist threats.
今天, police chief Castro admitted the effect of alcohol on the behaviour of both sets of fans was a concern.
He also confessed the amount of construction work including a tram extension going on in the city, including areas near to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium where tomorrow’s final will be played at 9pm, was a worry.
Police are understood to be concerned they will give violent fans easier access to objects including rubble they can use as missiles and insisted they will be protecting them.
Police chiefs described the numbers of ticketless fans set to descend on the city in the coming hours as a ‘barbarity.’ 图为: Rangers fans in Seville on Tuesday – there is no suggestion these fans have caused any trouble
Spanish government officials revealed yesterday more than 5,500 police and private security guards would be mobilised as part of an unprecedented security operation in Seville. 图为: police are pictured outside the Seville stadium on Wednesday
Spanish National Police chief Juan Carlos Castro
Castro, referencing the huge numbers of fans from both sides expected in Seville, 说过: ‘It’s a barbarity. We will try to control things but we’re conscious we’re not going to control anything.’
‘When there’s a smaller amount of supporters, especially at games where those arriving mostly have tickets to get into the ground, it’s easier because the clubs themselves and the supporters’ clubs control things like the flights, coaches and trains.
‘Obviously we’re controlling flights and trains, we know the timetables and we know they’re mostly occupied by foreigners who are most likely to be coming to watch the football.
‘But when it comes to coaches and private vehicles, we obviously haven’t got that level of control.’
On the issue of alcohol Mr Castro, Spain’s General Commissioner for Citizen Security, told local press: ‘Generally speaking both sets of supporters like to drink a lot.
‘If in their countries they drink warm beer, in Seville they’ll be drinking even more because here the lager is nice and cold.’
Authorities have set up fan zones in different parts of the city for the two teams’ supporters where only low-alcohol drinks will be sold.
The fan zone for Rangers supporters is next to La Cartuja stadium, a multi-purpose stadium situated on an island in Seville’s Guadalquivir River.
Eintract’s fan zone is in the scenic area around Prado de San Sebastian.
Rangers fans have been told they can watch the match on a giant screen inside La Cartuja Stadium but no alcohol will be sold there.
今天, police chief Castro admitted the effect of alcohol on the behaviour of both sets of fans was a concern. 图为: Rangers fans in Seville ahead of the UEFA Europa League Final – there is no suggestion those pictures have caused trouble
Police at the Plaza de Espana in Seville ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Europa League Final on Tuesday
Mr Castro, repeating the optimistic message first sounded by Spanish government official Carlos Toscano yesterday, said he was confident the well-planned police operation could avert any major problems.
但他承认: ‘It’s one of the most difficult challenges we have ever faced.’
The ‘pre-critical’ phase of the security operation began at 8am today and will last until tomorrow at 3pm.
The ‘critical’ phase will begin at 3pm on match day and last until 9pm.
Authorities have set up fan zones in different parts of the city for the two teams’ supporters where only low-alcohol drinks will be sold. 图为: Eintracht Frankfurt fans in Seville on Tuesday
Mr Castro confirmed the only incidents overnight had been noise-related.
He said in a press address: ‘Last night police took quite a lot of calls from locals because there were groups of people who were enjoying drinks on open terraces and didn’t want to go at midnight when it was time to close.
‘They had to be persuaded to leave and obviously in the early hours of the morning loud voices can be heard more and there were some complaints from residents who were being bothered by the noise.
‘It was no more than that and fortunately there were no real incidents.
‘Tonight things are going to change.’
German and Scottish expats living in Spain and Portugal are heading to Seville in their thousands to join fans from both sides who have travelled to the city from their homelands.
Rangers legend Graeme Souness urged the club’s fans to stay out of trouble in a weekend video message.
The 69-year-old said: ‘Go there, have a super time. Support your team. Our team has done incredibly well in getting there. And you think the journey we’ve been on for the last ten years to be now planning a serious European Cup final. Fantastic achievement.
‘They’ve done their bit. Now it’s your turn. You have to turn up there and behave yourselves. Have a party, but make sure you behave yourselves because you’re going there as an ambassador for our football club, our great football club, the great Glasgow Rangers.
‘You must go there and behave. 除此以外, we got all the trashy headlines which would damage us for a long, 很久. Please go there and behave yourselves. Have a super time.’
Rangers fan wearing a sombrero and two women ‘so drunk they could hardly stand’ are among six hauled off Ryanair ‘flight from hell’ after jet made emergency landing in France over fears for cabin crew
By Paul Thompson for MailOnline
A Ryanair captain was forced to divert his plane yesterday after a ‘flight from hell’ that saw six people ordered off by police, a medical emergency and cabin crew repeatedly having to tell people not to smoke.
Police boarded the 4.25pm flight from Manchester to Faro after it made an unscheduled stop to remove the disruptive passengers – Rangers fans and two women who were so drunk they could hardly stand.
The captain of the holiday flight was so concerned for the safety of the crew and other passengers that an hour into the trip he made an emergency landing in Nantes, 法国.
Police boarded the jet and escorted three football fans, one of them wearing a red and yellow sombrero, from the plane, along with the two women who were arguing and swearing despite an old woman next to them suffering breathing problems.
It came after one fan was removed on the tarmac in Manchester before the flight had even taken off.
The football fans were among a group of supporters heading to Seville in Spain to watch their team in tomorrow’s Europa League final.
Police boarded the flight from Manchester to Faro after it made an unscheduled stop to remove the disruptive passengers
French authorities boarded the jet and escorted three Rangers football fans, one of them wearing a red and yellow sombrero, from the plane
Three Rangers fans, one of whom was wearing a sombrero, were escorted from the Ryanair flight to Portugal after it made an unscheduled stop in Nantes, 法国
A passenger on the early evening flight 9130 from Manchester to Faro told how trouble began before the Boeing 737 had even taken off with police having to speak with some of the fans.
‘I have flown many times, but this really was the flight from hell,’ said the passenger.
‘The Ryanair cabin staff were fantastic and did their best to contain the situation, but these people were out of control. They were just drunken idiots who would not stop vaping or smoking and causing problems. No one was sorry when they were taken off.’
The trouble on the flight began before passengers had even boarded with police having to speak with a group of about a dozen Rangers supporters.
Other passengers noticed that they had been drinking for several hours – but police only warned them about smoking in the terminal.
Cabin crew ordered one of the fans off the plane before it had left the runway for disruptive behaviour.
The fans who were seated together and wearing blue Rangers shirts chanted songs during the first part of the flight until one of the other passengers asked them to stop hitting her chair.
‘A woman who was sat in front of them fans told them to stop kicking her chair,’ said the passenger.
‘It all went a bit crazy after that. They were very abusive and disruptive. They were being told to stop smoking and not to drink alcohol they had brought on board.
‘I went to the toilet at the back of the plane and as I came out there was an elderly woman who had breathing problems. The cabin crew gave her oxygen but close by there were two girls who were completely legless and arguing.
‘They were shouting and swearing and going up and down the aisle and had to be told to sit down and stop causing problems.
‘I went back to my seat and all you could hear were these fans chanting. The crew told them if they did not behave the plane would be met by police at Faro, but they took no notice.’
An hour into the flight the captain was given permission to land at Nantes where French gendarmes boarded and escorted three fans and the two women off the flight.
Passengers had a 75-minute delay before continuing with their journey.
A passenger on the early evening flight 9130 from Manchester to Faro told how trouble began before the Boeing 737 had even taken off with police having to speak with some of the fans (股票)
A general view of the Plaza de Espana in Seville ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Europa League Final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan, 塞维利亚
Rangers fans gather at Glasgow airport as they depart Scotland ahead of the Europa League final on May 17, 2022 在格拉斯哥, 苏格兰. Rangers will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League Final being held in Seville on the 18th of May
Glasgow Rangers take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the big European final in Seville on Wednesday with around 100,000 Scottish fans expected to travel to Spain for the match
The passenger, who was travelling to her holiday home, praised Ryanair crew for the way they handled the disruptive passengers.
‘They did everything they could to calm the situation. Even after we left Nantes there were people who were trying to vape or smoke. The crew had to keep announcing smoking was banned and they should not drink their own alcohol.
‘There was a big groan when they said alcohol would not be served. Lots of people said they were going on their holiday and wanted a drink.
‘I was so glad when we landed and never want to go on a flight like that again.’
Thousands of Rangers fans have chosen to fly to Faro as it is only a two-hour drive across the Spanish border to Seville for the match against Eintracht Frankfurt.
迈阿密的研究并不是第一个将 Covid 与勃起功能障碍联系起来的研究 50,000 fans are believed to be headed to Seville, but the club only have an allocation of 9,500 tickets at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium.
Spanish police are braced for two nights of violence with thousands of ticketless German fans also heading for the Spanish city.
Fans of the German team clashed with West Ham supporters prior to their semi-final match last week.
A Ryanair spokesman said:’ A small number of disruptive passengers were removed from this Manchester to Faro flight. One passenger was removed prior to departure, and following a diversion to Nantes, a further five passengers were removed and met by police on arrival.
‘Another passenger who required medical attention onboard quickly recovered, did not require further medical attention, and continued to Faro.
Following a short delay of approximately 1hr and 15minutes, this flight continued to Faro where it landed safely at 22.04.
‘Ryanair apologies sincerely to passengers for the inconvenience caused by this delay.’