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Police stop weapon-carrying Ajax fans ahead of Juve game

Ajax v SL Benfica - UEFA Champions League Group E

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 23: A general view as a match official looks on prior to the Group E match of the UEFA Champions League between Ajax and SL Benfica at Johan Cruyff Arena on October 23, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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TURIN, Italy (AP) Italian police have stopped five weapon-carrying Ajax supporters on the eve of Tuesday’s Champions League match against Juventus.

The fans were stopped aboard buses on the outskirts of Turin on Monday.

Police are on high alert following clashes between Ajax and Juventus supporters ahead of the first leg of the quarterfinals in Amsterdam last week, when water cannons were used by the authorities and dozens of fans were arrested.

Turin police say the fans aboard the buses were also found in possession of armored gloves, mouth guards and various types of fireworks and smoke bombs.

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini tweeted, “We’re fighting against every type of violence inside and outside stadiums. Certain DELINQUENTS should never step foot in a football ground again!”

The first leg, which ended 1-1, also included a fan jumping over the barriers and approaching Cristiano Ronaldo when the Juventus star scored. UEFA is investigating the incident and Ajax faces disciplinary charges after supporters threw objects the game.

More than 2,000 Ajax supporters are expected to attend Tuesday’s match at Allianz Stadium.

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