An astonishing level of security available for Real Madrid’s huge clash with Barcelona on Saturday in response to the deadly attacks on Paris a week ago.
The security threat to what is widely regarded as the biggest game in world football, with an estimated global television audience of 500 million, has even overshadowed the return of Barca legend Lionel Messi for Barcelona after a two-month injury layoff.
Spanish government officials have promised a security presence of 2 400 police, stewards and emergency services at the Santiago Bernabeu to form a triple ring of security around the stadium.
The Stade de France, where France were hosting Germany, was one of a number of targets struck during the attacks on Friday that left 129 dead and over 350 injured.
Meanwhile, Spain’s friendly vs Belgium in Brussels was brought forward due to the elevated terror threat and Germany’s meeting with the Netherlands called off by a bomb threat on Tuesday.
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