'Even the sandwiches will be checked!' – Clasico security to be increased after Paris attacks

Real Madrid’s match with Barcelona at the Bernabeu this weekend will be the subject of heightened security measures following last week’s shocking events in the French capital

Security around Saturday’s highly-anticipated Clasico match between Real Madrid and Barcelona is set to be increased in the wake of last week’s attacks in Paris.

The match falls just over a week after terrorists attacked several areas in the French capital, including the Stade de France where Les Bleus took on world champions Germany.

Over 130 people died and hundreds more were injured in the atrocities, prompting Spain’s friendly in Belgium, which was due to take place on Tuesday, to be postponed over fears the safety of the players and fans could not be guaranteed.

Madrid’s match with Barca at the Santiago Bernabeu is not in doubt, but Concepcion Dancausa, a government delegate in Madrid, has revealed that extra security measures will be taken as two of the world’s biggest teams go head-to-head.

“Even the sandwiches will be examined,” she told AS, in reference to Benfica fans smuggling flares into the Vicente Calderon in sandwiches when they played Atletico Madrid in the Champions League in September.

“It’s a case of doing what’s normally done, but with more control. The surveillance as the fans come in and out of the ground will be more thorough.”

She also called on supporters to play their part: “The French fans left the Stade de France calm and singing their national anthem, it was an example – it’s about not being scared and collaborating with each other.”

A decision will be made on the number of police, medics and security staff set to be present for the game in the Spanish capital at a meeting on Thursday.

In the past the number has been around 1000, but this time, given the circumstances, it will be increased.

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