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Four arrests ahead of Champions League final as police accused of heavy-handed response

National Police officers stand guard near Sol square the day before of the Champions League soccer final in downtown Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 31, 2019. Madrid will be hosting the final again after nearly a decade, but the country's streak of having at least one team playing for the European title ended this year after five straight seasons, giving home fans little to cheer for when Liverpool faces Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Saturday. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Tottenham fans have accused the police of being bang out of order (Picture: AP)

Four Brits have been arrested for assault in Madrid ahead of the Champions League final.

Some of those arrested are accused of assaulting police officers, a spokesperson for the National Police force said.

Tens of thousands of Liverpool and Tottenham fan have descended on the Spanish capital this week for the final, which kicks off tonight at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Police in the city have mounted a major security operation in response and are already facing accusations of heavy-handed tactics against the supporters.

Officers with batons confronted Spurs fans in Puerta del Sol shortly after 9pm on May 31.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Mateusz Slodkowski/SOPA Images/REX (10265695i) Liverpool supporters sing and cheer on the streets ahead of the final UEFA Champions League Final Build Up, Madrid, Spain - 31 May 2019 Madrid will host the UEFA Champions League Final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Liverpool and Tottenham fans have descended on the capital (Picture: Rex Features)

A restaurant worker in the area said they were responding to complaints that the supporters had been acting aggressively and shouting abuse at Liverpool fans.

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But fans outside the bar claimed the intervention was unprovoked, adding that they were just having a laugh and a joke.

One person said: It was all Tottenham and just fun. Then suddenly two police come at us and suddenly it was bang, bang, they all came steaming in.

Smashing tables with their batons. Theyre doing it just because they can. They are bang out of order.

Tottenham supporter Harry Wade, 27, said: I had an eight year old boy on my shoulders. It was his first away day and we were all having a nice time.

Liverpool fans shout slogans as they march in downtown Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 31, 2019, ahead of the Champions League soccer final on Saturday. Madrid will be hosting the final again after nearly a decade, but the country's streak of having at least one team playing for the European title ended this year after five straight seasons, giving home fans little to cheer for when Liverpool faces Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Saturday. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Liverpool fans said Tottenham supporters were shouting provocatively (Picture: AP)

Empty cans and rubbish left by football fans in Plaza Mayor in Madrid ahead of the Champions League final of Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur, at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium in the Spanish capital on Saturday night. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 31, 2019. See PA story SPORT Madrid. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Not all the fans have tickets to the game (Picture: PA)

However, Liverpool fans inside the bar disputed the story, claiming the other group had been shouting provocatively about Merseyside.

An employee at the Cafe and Tapas bar confirmed police had been called, but said officers acted too heavily.

There were also reports of a small skirmish between fans and police after a brawl Read More – Source

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