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Security ‘at maximum’ for Champions League final in Cardiff after Dortmund explosions

Football bosses say security around all Champions League matches is at the maximum after a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund team was hit by explosions on its way to a match.

On Tuesday night the team bus was rocked by three explosions as they made their way from their hotel to the stadium.1

The incidents occurred as the squad left their hotel en route to the Signal Iduna Park stadium for the first leg of the quarter-final tie, which was swiftly postponed. Defender Marc Bartra has undergone surgery on his arm after being injured in the explosions . A bone in his arm was broken and debris lodged in his hand.

The Champions League final is being held in Cardiff on June 3.

South Wales Police2 have said that the security operation is unprecedented . On Wednesday spokesmen for both Uefa and South Wales Police said the security operation ahead of the showpiece final has been going on for months and is already at its maximum.

A window of Dortmund’s team bus was damaged in the explosions Marc Bartra

South Wales Police staff will be joined by officers from all other Welsh forces to police the event. On the day of the final 1,500 officers will be in the city including armed patrols.

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They have had 25 officers working on the planning for the event full-time so far and that number will be doubled as it draws nearer. There will be huge security measures in the city in the build-up to the event.

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In the wake of the Borussia Dortmund bus bombings Superintendent Steve Furnham from South Wales Police said: The events in Germany yesterday are being fully investigated by the German authorities and we cannot speculate on the matter.

Detailed safety and security planning and preparation for the Uefa Champions League Finals in Cardiff has been going ahead for many months.

Measures will be taken to restrict vehicular access to a number of areas within Cardiff.

Police officers and firefighters stand outside the Dortmund team bus after it was damaged

We are working with our partners here in South Wales as well as with other security forces across the country to ensure a safe and secure environment for the finals in June. The UK Government has given a 1.4m grant to South Wales Police towards funding the extra costs.

Uefa competitions director Giorgio Marchetti told the BBC: The security risk, I think, is the top priority element which is included in the preparation of the matches.

So for me as far we at Uefa know all security arrangements which are done by the clubs and the local police wherever a match is played is already at the maximum and all possible risks are taken into consideration.

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The Borussia Dortmund match has been rescheduled for Wednesday night. Mr Marchetti said that arrangements at the Westfalenstadion were being reviewed.

It s clear in light of what happened yesterday at the other venues which are concerned today measures are being currently reviewed and stepped up wherever and whenever is needed, he said.

German police are investigating an Islamist link to the bomb attack on the bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund3 football team last night, a report from the AFP news agency says. According to several local media outlets – S ddeutschern Zeitung, the NDR and the WDR – the one page letter begins: In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful.

The document is also claimed to refer to the attack on the Berlin Christmas market in December – and is also said to claim that German airplanes are involved in assassinating Muslims in the Caliphate of the Islamic State . One German newspaper says the letter claims the attack was aimed at the team because of the Syrian mission – which has resulted in sportsmen and other celebrities in Germany and other Crusading nations being put on a death list of the Islamic State. It goes on to claim the letter demands an immediate withdrawal of the (German air force) Bundeswehr Tornadoes from Syria as well as the closure of the American air base in Ramstein in Germany.

Controversial drone operations against alleged terrorists in the Middle East are controlled from the base.

References

  1. ^ from their hotel to the stadium. (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  2. ^ South Wales Police (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  3. ^ Borussia Dortmund (www.mirror.co.uk)

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