As per reports on Monday night, Italian police stopped around 54 armed Ajax fans, ahead of the much-awaited Champions League quarter-finals’ second-leg clash against Juventus.
ESPN stated that these supporters will be banned watching the game in the stadium, and that they will be deported from the country as well.
A few hours prior to last week’s first-leg match between both teams, Ajax and Juventus supporters had clashed against each other – and the Dutch police had to resort to tactics like water cannons to prevent the situation from going haywire. A few fans were arrested as well.
As a result, the polics in Italy had been on hugh alert as well, and it is they who stopped the travelling Ajax fans who were aboard buses on the outskirts of Italian city Turin, where the match will be held today.
Turin police said that the fans possessed armoured gloves, mouth guards and various types of fireworks and smoke bombs, as per ESPN.
“We’re fighting against every type of violence inside and outside stadiums. Certain delinquents should never step foot in a football ground again,” ESPN also quoted Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini as saying.
Grazie alla @poliziadistato: nessuno può permettersi di venire in Italia per creare disordini. I nostri stadi e le nostre città sono chiuse per i violenti!
— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) April 15, 2019
The first leg, which ended 1-1, also witnessed a fair share of bizarre incidents such as a fan jumping over the barriers and approaching Cristiano Ronaldo when the Juventus star scored.
Later, it was David Neres who provided Ajax a ray of hope by equalising the scoreline.
Meanwhile, more than 2,000 Ajax supporters are expected to attend today’s match at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy. All eyes will be on how Cristiano Ronaldo and co. will look to tackle the young guns from Netherlands led by a youth icon himself – Matthijs de Ligt.