English fans make Porto a lawless city before the final between City and Chelsea


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English fans make Porto a lawless city before the final between City and Chelsea

The residents of Porto, from a distance, observe incredulous how the English fans do not comply with any security measures established in times of pandemic

Without a mask, huddled together, shouting and singing, burned by the sun and with a strong stench of beer. That is the x-ray of the hundreds of English fans who have taken the city of Porto before the final of the Champions League that Manchester City and Chelsea will play this Saturday in Do Dragao.

The color blue is the one that dominates the Porto skyline, since, like the Invicta team, the Chelsea and the City they boast indigo, one darker and the other light blue.

The residents of Porto, from a distance, observe incredulous how the English fans do not comply with any security measures established in times of pandemic, since in Portugal it is mandatory to wear a mask.

However, the bank of the river Duero, the “Baixa”, is taken by men and women from London and Manchester who do not stop singing, beer in hand, encouraged by the most daring who harangue the masses in the face of police passivity.

Nobody says anything to them and the agents only watch from a distance, without forcing them to comply with the sanitary rules.

The English are not afraid of contagion and the canteens of Porto, greatly decimated during the last year by the pandemic, are trying to make money by serving hundreds of beers.

“One beer, please” (a beer, please), that is the phrase most repeated to the waiters, while the fans do not stop singing.

Meanwhile, Avenida de Los Aliados, in the center of Porto, sports a gigantic “orejona”, surrounded by hundreds of fans and onlookers who take their picture next to the trophy of the Champions League.

Soccer justifies everything, some fans say, while Portuguese passersby try to distance themselves from the crowd.

In the background, on Artur Magalhaes street, parallel to the Aliados artery, several dozen fans of the Chelsea They have taken a terrace where everyone who approaches will be watered by the beer of the young fans who have decided to sing without a shirt to show off the Portuguese sunburn of the last hours.

The atmosphere is becoming more intense in Porto, the day on Saturday will be a real buzz with the arrival of 80 flights from England.

In total, 16,500 fans will be able to enter the stadium, to the surprise of Portuguese fans, who do not understand what the difference is so that in a League match there is no public and in a ‘Champions’ match the venue can host a third of its capacity.

Some foreshadow the worst in fifteen days, in case the football festival is a vector of the COVID-19. Others hope that everything happens as soon as possible.

And the most optimistic justify it so that Porto can reactivate its economy and relaunch tourism.


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