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Villarreal chief says they’ve taken ‘special measures’ over Liverpool fans – Keen to avoid Barcelona debacle


Villarreal chief Fernando Roig has revealed the club have taken special measures to ensure Liverpool fans cannot take over their stadium as Eintracht Frankfurt fans did at Barcelona.

The Spanish side are set to travel to Anfield for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final next week, having drawn Liverpool after beating Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.

They will then host the Reds at the Estadio de la Cerámica the following week, hoping that their fans can give them a boost in a game where they are very much underdogs.

That is likely to be a sold-out affair, with Villarreal fans unlikely to want to miss one of the biggest games in their history and Liverpool fans always travelling in force.

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The La Liga side will be keen to avoid a repeat of the incident at Barcelona last week, in which 30,000 Eintracht Frankfurt fans invaded the Camp Nou by buying unwanted home tickets.

That led to Barcelona fans being outnumbered in the stands and the Germans creating something of a home atmosphere for their side, who went on to pull off a surprise 3-2 win.

The incident has understandably caused fury at Barcelona, and Roig says his club have now taken special measures to ensure there is no repeat against Liverpool.

“We are going to take special measures for the second leg,” El Periodico Mediterraneo report him saying.

“It will be a high-risk game, and the tickets will be nominative. And with the exception of the away zone, which will be all for Liverpool, no tickets will be sold to English citizens in other areas of the pitch.

“What happened to Barcelona in the Europa League will not happen to us.

“We want it to be a big party for the Villarreal fans, and we want the Estadio de la Cerámica to be dyed yellow.

“Tickets cannot be resold, there will be controls, and anyone who does not identify themselves at the entrance will not be allowed to enter the stadium.”



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