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Travelling fans hit by booze ban as Rome chiefs get tough

FANS of Manchester United and Barcelona have been hit with a total alcohol ban in order to prevent crowd trouble ahead of tomorrow night&rsquo;s Champions League final in Rome.<br /><br />Local authorities have enforced the ban from 11pm tonight to 6am on Thursday throughout the entire city.<br /><br />Over 67,000 fans are expected in the Italian capital for the showpiece event, including 5,000 without tickets, prompting widespread concern over forgeries.<br /><br />Rome prefect Giuseppe Pecoraro said: &ldquo;There are no more tickets left to sell, hence, the tickets that are circulating are false.&rdquo;<br /><br />On the alcohol ban, he added: &ldquo;It will not be a militarised city. All the necessary measures have been taken in order to give the best possible image of this city.&rdquo;<br /><br />City mayor Gianni Alemanno also warns that strict measures are in place to alleviate the threat of any violence.<br /><br />He said: &ldquo;I have asked interior minister Roberto Maroni to have maximum attention from the security officers to avoid any incidents. Only several hundred of those fans that do not have a ticket are hooligans.&rdquo;<br /><br />Meanwhile, both United and Barcelona are confident of shrugging off injury concerns for the showdown.<br /><br />United defender Rio Ferdinand says the battle to recover from a calf injury will has sidelined him for three weeks as the &ldquo;toughest of his career&rdquo;, but boss Sir Alex Ferguson insists the England international is &ldquo;okay&rdquo;.<br /><br />Barcelona, on the other hand, have been boosted by striker Thierry Henry and midfielder Andres Iniesta returning to training, and they too are confident of fielding their strongest possibly line-up.<br /><br />Henry suffered a ligament problem in the 6-2 win over Real Madrid three weeks ago, while Iniesta has been struggling with a thigh injury.