Europa League Final – Manchester United v Ajax
Venue: Friends Arena, Stockholm Date: Wednesday 24 May
Manchester police chief: It would be “naive” to think Wednesday’s Europa League final in Stockholm will be trouble free.”
Ticketless fans are expected in Sweden, due toboth club’s official limited allocations of 9,500 tickets each.
“You would be naive to think you are not going to get anything,” said chief superintendent John O’Hare.
“It is a final, in Europe, between two really big, established, well-supported teams. There will always be a minority of individuals who want to use this as cover to cause trouble,”
They will also liaise with Europe’s governing body Uefa and the clubs themselves in an effort to ensure the game passes off without incident.
O’Hare said: “English football fans have a certain way of behaving, which we understand as being jubilant and non-threatening.
“It is about making sure the Swedish police understand the context and only employ the tactics that are appropriate at that moment in time.
“Often in Manchester we have found you get more response by talking to people than coming at them with batons.
“That is not the way we do business and we will try our very best to ensure that is not the way they do business over in Stockholm.”
This is United’s only chance to qualify for the Champions League, which would be the club’s first Europa League trophy. They will join Ajax as one of only five teams to have won all three major European competitions.