Met Police on high alert as Ajax fans descend on London for Champions League clash with Tottenham
- Tottenham host Ajax in first leg of Champions League semi-final on Tuesday
- London Metropolitan Police have deemed the match to be a ‘high risk’ fixture
- Ajax fans have been involved in spate of violence during recent European games
- Thorough checks will be made on supporters on entering the stadium
London Metropolitan Police are on high alert for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final between Tottenham and Ajax after a spate of violence involving Dutch supporters during recent European games.
Uniformed police officers are set to be stationed inside Tottenham’s new stadium, in addition to the usual stewarding procedure, after the force raised the risk level of the fixture to a Category C fixture.
A section of Ajax’s support have a reputation for causing trouble. There were clashes with Italian Juventus fans before the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final in Amsterdam and busloads of Ajax fans were raided by police on the eve of the second leg in Turin.
Met Police have deemed Tottenham’s Champions League clash with Ajax to be high-risk
Italian authorities upended 54 weapon-carrying ‘ultras’ and escorted them out of the country. Ajax fans were found in possession of knuckle-dusters, mouth guards and pyrotechnics.
Thorough checks will be made on supporters entering the stadium, while the police will also be wary of any hotspots in the capital after the trouble that played out in Amsterdam when England fans travelled to Holland for a friendly match last year.
A police statement read: ‘Police will be deployed both in and outside the grounds of Tottenham Hotspur Football Stadium for the Tottenham Hotspur vs Ajax Champions League football match on Tuesday, 30 April.
Thorough checks will be carried out at the stadium after recent incidents involving Ajax fans
‘A proportionate policing plan is in place to ensure any instances of crime or disorder is responded to quickly and robustly.
‘We are working with Tottenham FC and supporter groups to ensure fans attend a safe and enjoyable match and would urge anyone who witnesses any form of criminality or suspicious behaviour bring it to the attention of a police officer.
‘The match has been deemed a Category C game which stands for high risk.’