Clasico police presence to be doubled

Extra security staff will be on duty at the Santiago Bernabeu for Real Madrid v Barcelona in the wake of Friday’s terror attacks in Paris and the resulting fixture cancellations

The Spanish secretary of state for security, Francisco Martinez, has confirmed the police presence at the latest meeting between Real Madrid and Barcelona on Saturday will be doubled.

Following the terror attacks in Paris on Friday, international friendlies between Belgium and Spain and Germany and the Netherlands were cancelled for security reasons.

With the latest Clasico representing one the highlights of this season’s footballing calendar and likely to attract a capacity crowd, Spain’s anti-violence commission met to discuss the management of the event.

Martinez has subsequently announced that twice the typical amount of security personnel will be deployed at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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“We will have intensive security measures and we will strengthen the number of regular police with double the officers,” he said.

“There will be at least 1000 officers of the national police corps and another 1400 private security personnel, to which you must add the municipal police, Samur [medical staff] and firefighters.”

The commission declared that the fixture is considered “high risk” but encouraged fans to attend as normal.

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