It’s been less than a week since the shocking terrorist attacks in Paris that saw 128 innocent people killed. It is not only the French capital that is on edge after the actions of Isis. Nor is it the only city under threat.
The Stade de France was targeted in the initial terror attacks and subsequent suspected plots have led to the cancellation of a respective friendlies between Belgium and Spain in Brussels, and Germany and the Netherlands in Hannover. With everyone now aware that football stadiums are targets for terrorists, attention turns to El Clasico.
It’s the biggest match in club football, one that sees the pitch crammed with stars and sells out every ticket in some of the biggest venues in the world. Is it vulnerable? Potentially.
Spanish police are doing their utmost to make sure that security is ‘very intense’ for the event and at this moment in time they’re not planning to cancel the game. Or at least that’s what Spain’s interior minister, Jorge Fernández Diaz has been saying. Marca quoted the politician speaking about the game.
“At this time, we are not planning any suspension. Absolutely not. We have raised an intense security status for obvious reasons, but now the circumstances do not exist to suspend the match. There will be many security reinforcements to control not only access, but also around the stadium. It will be very intense.
“Right now, I want to convey a message of serenity and tranquility, although I understand the worries. People trust the security services and the services of the fight against terrorism.
“The Anti-Violence Commission will meet on Wednesday afternoon and declared the game high-risk, for obvious reasons, but with the desire that it will be played with absolute normality.”
Marca published details about the extra steps police were taking to make sure the game passes without incident.
Beginning a few days before the match, the area will be policed, with cars parked in the surrounding areas being followed. Sniffer dogs will look for any signs of explosives, the sewage system in the surrounding areas will be searched and the utmost precautions will be taken on people entering and exiting the stadium in the hours leading up to the match.
The biggest novelty is that three rings of security will be put in place, with the aim of keeping anyone not in possession of a ticket away from Real Madrid’s ground or at least making sure anyone within the set zone has their ID checked.
Real Madrid has for some time been working to prevent possible attacks or incidents beyond the realm of the football itself. As is usual at every match there will be security at every entrance, with bags and rucksacks being carefully searched.