Madrid faces one of the greatest security challenges due to the celebration of the Copa Libertadores final. The government delegate, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes (Valencia, 1968), coordinates the entire device after a week of vertigo full of meetings.
Question. How was the final forged in Madrid?
Answer. We arrive by Real Madrid, who tells us that he has received an informal request from the CONMEBOL, the Spanish Federation and FIFA for the Santiago Bernabéu stadium to host the final. Before that information that arrives on Thursday, I call a meeting that same afternoon.
P. Was it something informal or very definite?
R. They said it to me as something already very defined. When the meeting is held in the afternoon, there are representatives of Real Madrid, FIFA and Conmebol, along with the National Police to raise it seriously. We tell you how we organize that and the time we need. I suggest that we are going to study it, that it has a great interest and a very positive dimension for the projection of Madrid and Spain. I spoke with the Minister of the Interior and with the President of the Government. This gave the news in a tweet when landing in Argentina.
P. Did the president come forward when announcing it?
R. No. What we all talked about was in a very few hours. What the president said is that we trust our National Police and we can do it. The police also appreciated that he could do it, although that forced him to redouble his efforts. Then the president communicated it and I think it was a great decision.
P. Nobody was against?
R. The only preventions that have been made have to do with the fact that this is usually done much longer, with weeks or even months. It is true that in favor we have in Madrid and that singularly in the Santiago Bernabéu stadium events of this type have been organized very recently. This is why we had the experience and work of the police in this type of events. The concerns had to do with the ignorance of the hobbies, with the violent antecedent.
P. Is it not too much risk that the sites have already been chosen to celebrate the victory?
R. The alternative of no celebration is like putting doors into the field. It does not make much sense when it comes to hobbies that do not live in Madrid and that you can not go home after the game. This is part of what football is. At some point it has to be celebrated. What we have done with that information is to establish the design so that the right conditions are met.
P. How have they been chosen?
R. They have decided it. They are referents of Madrid. The hobbies have also looked at very emblematic places in the city, such as Puerta del Sol in the case of River and Plaza de Colón, where Boca would go.
P. How will you deal with the problem of radical fans?
R. The police will not consent to any expression of violence. The case of deportations on Thursday and Friday is a sign that a person who arrives in Madrid can be deported immediately because he has participated in serious crimes, including a homicide. The initial information is that there are about 200 radicals from both teams, which is why the effort in the sale of tickets has been made available to the clubs. They have been 5,000 for each one, but not all of them will be sold. The latest news is that between both will be sold about 5,500 and will be assigned personally.
P. And if they arrive in Madrid?
R. The delivery of these tickets will be made in the fan zone of each team with a bracelet for each. From the procedure we have established, cases of particularly violent fans can be detected. Some are prohibited from entering the stadiums, but the police will assess what is best for each case.
P. The rest of the tickets?
R. 5,000 have been destined for Boca and many others for River, in Argentina. Then there are 40,000 for the hobbies that are not there. They are people who live in Spain or in Europe, who have already sold and in record time. The rest up to 81,000 are the ones that Real Madrid will sell at the box office or its partners.[POR HOY]
P. How will the hobbies arrive?
R. There are two charter flights, that is about 1,000. The rest in regular line up to 5,000. The security device attends three times. The before, in which we are already for days. The during the celebration of the game, with three security rings. And also the postpartum, those hours until they can take the plane back. We would have liked the flights to be immediately after the game but they will be on Monday morning. Fortunately the night of Madrid from Sunday to Monday is not the most active from the point of view of the options. Yes, the will is to move the hobbies separately to their terminals so they can leave Spain and return to their homes. Time is what the airplanes mark. One leaves at twelve in the morning and the other at two in the afternoon. The Civil Guard will have a device of 800 agents at the airport to separate both hobbies in T1 and T4.
P. Are you going to sell alcohol in the fan zones?
R. Yes, these areas are designed by the police as places of entertainment. Real Madrid is going to take it on. There will be music and animation. If the criterion has not changed, beer and wine will be sold, in addition to soft drinks. The idea is to have fun and do it there.
P. To the amateur who was arrested, how is he arrested?
R. It was detected by the Spanish police as a result of the information from the Argentine police sent us their background. At the time he set foot in Spain he was deported.
P. The high number of vigilantes (1,700) put by Real Madrid draws much attention.
R. In the end it is the one that Real Madrid has collaborated and works very well on security issues and always puts private security in special in the high risk parties to support the National Police.
P. Is Argentine President Mauricio Macri coming?
R. We have asked this at the coordination meeting and it is still not confirmed. What we do know is that President Pedro Sánchez is going.