La Liga: Madrid police deployed to prevent Atletico, Real title celebrations

Madrid's city hall is deploying 130 police officers to prevent either Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid supporters from celebrating en-masse in the Spanish capital's centre.

Atletico holds a two-point lead over Real heading into its final game away to Real Valladolid.   -  Getty Images

Madrid's city hall is deploying 130 police officers to prevent either Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid supporters from celebrating en-masse in the Spanish capital's centre in the event their team wins the La Liga title on Saturday.

Atletico, which holds a two-point lead over Real heading into its final game away to Real Valladolid, traditionally celebrates trophy wins at the Neptuno fountain, located 600 metres from the Cibeles fountain where Real toasts titles. However, neither side will head there if it captures the title.

Atletico aiming to fend off Real as title race goes to wire  

City hall spokeswoman Inmaculada Sanz urged supporters to celebrate in their houses or on their balconies and avoid flocking to the centre of Madrid.

Spain ended a national state of emergency earlier this month due to falling coronavirus cases although fans are still barred from attending games in the top two divisions in most regions of Spain.

"The epidemiological situation has improved but the virus is still out there and it's important to make one last effort and stay prudent," Sanz said.

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