Riot police at Spain training as hundreds denied

Riot police were called to Spain’s European Championship

training ground Tuesday as hundreds of ticketless fans were denied

access to the defending champions’ practice.

Locals and Spanish fans loitered outside the entrance as a line

of riot police stood guard while ticket holders streamed in to the

session. There were no disturbances.

The 900-seat capacity had been reached to watch the World Cup

champions, who play Ireland on Thursday following a 1-1 draw

against Italy to open Group C.

Local authorities and the Spanish federation distributed the

tickets, which were free. But disorder reigned as fans were given

no information about how to secure entry.

”It’s chaos here,” said Angel de la Serna, a 33-year-old

fan.