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01/06/2019 17:50 BST | Updated 01/06/2019 17:53 BST

Champions League Final: Fans Ejected For Trying To Enter With £5,000 Fake Tickets

"If police say ‘stop’, stop."

Security officials have begun ejecting fans attempting to get into the Champions League final with fake tickets – including two Liverpool fans who claimed they had each paid £5,000 for them.

The young men swore at police as they were told to leave, but declined to comment further before leaving the Plaza outside the stadium.

There were ugly scenes as one young woman, who spoke with a thick north-west accent, tried to run back towards the metro station after being told to stop by police.

One official gave chase and detained the struggling woman before escorting her back to security, flanked by mounted police.

The woman, along with another young woman and an older man had their tickets scrutinised by security before being ejected from the stadium perimeter.

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Liverpool fans before the UEFA Champions League Final at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid

One officer told them as they left: “If police say ‘stop’, stop.”

Asked what happened, the woman told the Press Association: “You don’t wanna know.”

She later added that she and her friend both tried to gain entry with fake tickets.

She said the other ticket, for the older man, was genuine.

The number of fans in the city far outnumbers the 16,000 tickets made available for the final.

Those not able to catch the match from inside the stadium will be forced to find a pub showing the football, after authorities decided the two designated fan zones should close just before kick-off, while officials ruled nowhere in the city centre should be able to show the game on a big screen.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, who had written to his counterpart in Madrid to request a giant screen broadcast the match, said “UEFA guidance” was behind the decision.

He added in a tweet on Saturday evening: “Told 14,000 bars and restaurants and cafes open with screens.”

It came as Spanish police said they had arrested four Britons for violence on Friday evening. No further details were made available.

Uefa warned supporters looking for last minute-tickets to be aware of criminals acting as official stewards.

In a statement, a spokesman said: “The Spanish police has seized fake steward bibs, fake devices for the technical ticket check, as well as fake accreditations.

“This makes us believe that an organised group of people, impersonating genuine stewards or officials might try to act as if they were conducting the visual or technical ticket check, with the aim of stealing tickets during such controls.

“Supporters should therefore make sure they only show their tickets at the clearly marked check zones and not to individuals or small groups of people who could be wearing fake bibs and might approach them on the way to the stadium, outside of the official check zones.

A Liverpool fan from the Wirral, who gave his name as Roger, said it was a mistake not to keep the fan zones open during the game.

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The 52-year-old, who has a ticket for the match, said: “Fans are now going to be booted – where are they going to go? I can see there being trouble, really I can.”

His friend, a 20-year-old from Liverpool who went by the name Jacob, said he was disappointed to have to watch the match in a pub.

“We are expecting 40,000 Liverpool fans here – where are we all going to go now?,” he added,

Several thousand extra police – including delegations from Merseyside and London – have been brought in to cope with the additional supporters in Madrid ahead of the final.

So far the build-up to the game has been relatively peaceful amid warnings from police that they will take a “robust” approach to bad behaviour.

Officers also took measures to close down some outdoor drinking areas shortly after lunch on Friday afternoon in an effort to restrict noise around some of the residential areas.