Football Notes: Argentine Security Secretary Addresses Visiting Fans' Return To Stadiums
Argentine Security Secretary Sergio Berni said on Wednesday that it "is likely that visiting football fans will be authorized to return to stadiums in Buenos Aires after the World Cup." Berni: "After the World Cup and with an increase in AFA Plus systems, we could have conditions for visiting fans to return to Buenos Aires stadiums, but we have to be in agreement with the province, which has its own reality" (CLARIN, 4/16). ... Approximately 1,500 Spanish national police officers provided security for Wednesday's Copa del Rey Finals match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, which took place in Valencia. Real Madrid won the match 2-1. The officers "were expected to leave the city Thursday morning after both teams had left Valencia." The national police arrived in Valencia on Tuesday to provide security for Barcelona upon the team's arrival. Joining the national officers to provide security for the match "were 400 Valencia police officers, 200 volunteers and 100 members of the Red Cross" (EFE, 4/15). ... Russian Premier League side Zenit St. Petersburg claimed the "highest average attendance" in the RPL. Zenit said that "nearly 19,000 fans" are attending "every game at the Petrovsky Stadium." The Gazprom-backed club issued a statement saying the "average gate this season is 18,858," which is about 90% of the arena capacity. Zenit said that Chechen side Terek Grozny was in second place with average attendances of 17,297 -- 57% of capacity -- at the "newly built Akhmat Arena" (R-SPORT, 4/16).