Greek police urged fans not to travel to Athens for this season’s Champions League final without match tickets.
With Liverpool playing Chelsea in one semi-final and Manchester United meeting Milan in the other, there are concerns that an all-English final could lead to an influx of hooligans.
“We call on the fans who have no tickets not to travel to Greece,” police chief Anastasios Dimoschakis said after meeting city officials.
He said all the capital’s 17,000-strong police force were on stand-by for the final and for the Euroleague basketball Final Four that takes place between May 4-6 in Athens.
“Our checks start at the airports and fans’ countries of origin. We will strictly control the use of alcohol…and our aim is for the opposing fans not to meet,” Dimoschakis said.
Greek police are working with British authorities to identify known hooligans and officers from Athens will fly to Britain on Monday to elicit more information.