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Champions League: Man City v Ajax game leads to off-licence move

Police on the streets of Amsterdam ahead of the Ajax v Man City game
Image caption Twenty-five fans were arrested when the clubs met two weeks ago

Off licences have agreed to a police request not to sell alcohol before the kick-off of the Manchester City v Ajax Champions League match.

Security has been stepped up for the Dutch fans' arrival ahead of the game.

Twenty-five fans, mostly Ajax supporters, were arrested two weeks ago when the teams met in Amsterdam, after fights broke out in the city.

There was also trouble in Manchester when Ajax played Manchester United in the Europa League in February.

Supt Craig Thompson, from Greater Manchester Police, thanked off licences and supermarkets for agreeing not to sell drink before the 19:45 GMT start.

He added: "We encourage supporters wanting to have a drink in the city centre, to do so in licensed premises and we have been working with pubs - looking at their door staff, ways of decanting drinks and furniture in a bid to cut down on disorder in the city."

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