Madrid authorities have taken drastic measures to tighten security at Bernabeu for Saturday’s game between Real Madrid and Barcelona after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
No fewer than 129 persons were killed in six different attacks in French capital Paris on Friday night, as two explosions were reported to have gone off outside the Stade de France and one of the attackers was restricted from accessing the stadium by security.
Due to this, Spain vs Belgium friendly has been called off after the Belgian authorities requested a call off.
The Madrid government delegate Concepcion Dancausa told AS that more security measures have been put in place at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to beef up security for this weekend La Liga game, due to concern that high rated games like El-Classico will be a target.
“We’ll have to look inside the sandwiches, to make sure everything is said” the politician said.
“Logically we will take all the necessary measures and, as is logical, we will take into consideration what happened in France, and reinforce some of the measures in some ways.”
“All games like this ate always considered high risk [now] it’s about the same as usual, but with a tighter control. The vigilance as the fans enter and leave the stadium will be more exhaustive.”
Javier Tebas La Liga president said to AS that up to a billion viewers will be watching the match on television on Saturday evening.
“It is difficulty to say for sure as we’re talking about potential, Tebas said, it would get more than 500 million viewers, between 500 and 600 million would be my rough estimate.”
The President is working hard to promote La Liga, and is aiming an increase in its global broadcasting revenues.
Some ideas have been raised about playing La Liga games overseas but the President said the Classico would not be among the matches that will be played outside Spain.
“El Classico will never be played outside of Spain” Tebas said. “It’s a key game in our league competition and has huge international prestige. We’ll study the possibility of playing certain games outside of Spain but at present this doesn’t form part of our international expansion plans.”