27 May 2009

Hopes for no violence at dream final

7:28 am on 27 May 2009

Europe's top football official Michel Platini has appealed to Manchester United and Barcelona fans to turn this week's UEFA Champions League final into a soccer festival and not tarnish the event with violence.

More than 40,000 fans with tickets from England and Spain are expected in Rome over the next 48 hours, though several thousand fans, especially from England, who are expected to arrive without tickets, are causing UEFA some concern.

Platini, who played in the tragic Heysel Stadium final in Belgium in 1985, says UEFA has every confidence the "dream final" between two of European football's most glamorous clubs would go ahead without trouble.