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Potential Linfield v Celtic tie moved to July 14 over security concerns

  • Potential Linfield v Celtic tie moved to July 14 over security concerns

    BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

    A Belfast clash between Linfield and Celtic has been pencilled in for July 14 – avoiding the security nightmare of a powderkeg eve-of-Twelfth tie. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/potential-linfield-v-celtic-tie-moved-to-july-14-over-security-concerns-35856883.html

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A Belfast clash between Linfield and Celtic has been pencilled in for July 14 – avoiding the security nightmare of a powderkeg eve-of-Twelfth tie. The Friday evening fixture, which would have a 5pm kick-off, was provisionally agreed after a high-level meeting yesterday.

It came after the Belfast Telegraph reported how the PSNI had stepped in to veto a proposed July 11 match. The sides are on course to meet for the first time in a Champions League qualifier – provided Linfield overcome La Fiorita from San Marino. But the prospect of Celtic coming to Windsor Park, and all the emotion that goes with it, has been front and back page news since Monday’s draw.

Even Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill got caught up in the excitement yesterday. Speaking on a visit to Belfast, he said: “We should note it’s a game that is only a possible game at this moment in time, but the Celtic tie is a huge carrot for Linfield to get beyond the San Marino side.

“I go back to when I was manager of (League of Ireland club) Shamrock Rovers in Europe and we had a game against an Israeli team, and the carrot for us was to play Juventus if we beat them and we got through the tie.

“That was brilliant and it would be the same for Linfield to play a massive club like Celtic in the Champions League.

“I think the Linfield players would enjoy the media attention that would come with it and I think it will be a great game if it comes to fruition.”

As long as Linfield overcome La Fiorita in their first-round clash, they will face the Scottish champions in a two-legged qualifier. They had been scheduled to play the home leg in Belfast on either July 11 or 12, but the prospect of a high-risk football match at the height of the marching season alarmed the PSNI.

Senior officers quickly ruled out staging it on either date. A meeting between officials from both clubs and police was held yesterday, with the July 14 date being fixed. Discussions were ongoing last night on whether Celtic would take up their allocation of tickets for a match in Belfast . It is understood Linfield are happy to have away fans at the game, and would accept tickets for the return tie in Glasgow, if it happens.

Celtic were represented at the meeting yesterday by their head of security Ronnie Hawthorn. Also present were Linfield chairman Roy McGivern and representatives from the PSNI and Police Scotland. Sources said July 12 had been ruled out from the start . July 11 was also deemed impossible .

Alternative dates of July 10 and July 13 were discussed, but both were also considered problematic. Eventually July 14 was settled on, with the 5pm kick-off a police decision. Mr McGivern said: “I’m pleased that both clubs and all parties have worked together to reach an amicable solution and we would host the first leg in Belfast as drawn.”

If the tie goes ahead, Linfield stand to make around 1 million.

They have already been assured of live TV coverage, with BT Sport one of three broadcasters interested in securing the rights . Adding intrigue is the fact that Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is from Co Antrim . Also, Linfield boss David Healy played for the Bhoys’ bitter rivals Rangers during his career.

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Organisers in talks with cops as security stepped up for Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh after recent terror attacks

Security ramped up

Organisers of Scotland’s annual farming and countryside show are in constant talks with cops over security and policing of the event

SECURITY is being ramped up at the Royal Highland Show after recent terror attacks across the UK. Organisers of Scotland s annual farming and countryside show are in constant talks with cops over security and policing of the event.

Organisers In Talks With Cops As Security Stepped Up For Royal Highland Show In Edinburgh After Recent Terror Attacks

This year s show will take place from today until Sunday at at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh and bosses have released a statement reassuring those planning to go. They say they are working closely with cops and are keeping their plans under constant review.

A statement from organisers said: We appreciate that recent events have brought public safety to the front of everyone s minds and we would like to reassure visitors that keeping people safe has always been, and continues to be, our number one priority.

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The security review follows last month s horror bombing at an Ariana Grande gig at the Manchester Arena. A total of 22 innocent victims lost their lives in the blast1 on May 22. Then on June 3, five people were killed and 50 injured when a terrorist drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge2 and then stabbed a police officer.

Organisers In Talks With Cops As Security Stepped Up For Royal Highland Show In Edinburgh After Recent Terror Attacks

The Royal Highland Show statement added: The Show has a robust event management plan in place that has been created in collaboration with Police Scotland, our security contractor and other emergency services.

We are reviewing our plans on a regular basis in recognition of the changing external environment.

Any additional security measures likely to impact our guests will be communicated via our social media channels in the run up to the show.


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  1. ^ 22 innocent victims lost their lives in the blast (www.thesun.co.uk)
  2. ^ drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge (www.thesun.co.uk)
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Organisers in talks with cops as security stepped up for Royal …

Security ramped up

Organisers of Scotland’s annual farming and countryside show are in constant talks with cops over security and policing of the event

SECURITY is being ramped up at the Royal Highland Show after recent terror attacks across the UK. Organisers of Scotland s annual farming and countryside show are in constant talks with cops over security and policing of the event.

Organisers In Talks With Cops As Security Stepped Up For Royal ...

This year s show will take place from today until Sunday at at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh and bosses have released a statement reassuring those planning to go. They say they are working closely with cops and are keeping their plans under constant review.

A statement from organisers said: We appreciate that recent events have brought public safety to the front of everyone s minds and we would like to reassure visitors that keeping people safe has always been, and continues to be, our number one priority.

ROAD ACCIDENT

Police and ambulance service rush to Leven after girl is knocked down on busy road

HAVE YOU SEEN HIM?

Concerns growing for vulnerable Glasgow pensioner, 87, missing from home

DOWN THE DRAIN

Scots family forced to scrap party to celebrate end of Ramadan after gallons of waste floods garden

WATER PROBE

Larkhall man felt ill after drinking Macb water as Food Standards Scotland launches investigation

Something old, something new

Kirkcaldy couple relive their 1968 wedding nearly 50 years later after archive footage was discovered

BRUTE GUILTY OF MURDER BID

Vile thug who left ex-lover with horrific slash from mouth to ear is found guilty of trying to kill her

VILE PERV CAGED

Vile South Lanarkshire boys football coach caged for sex abuse of young player

GRIM DISCOVERY

Death of man found in Glasgow flat being treated as suspicious as cops scour CCTV

DAN’S DRINK DRIVE ARREST

Scots Olympic swimming hero Dan Wallace suspended for three months after arrest over suspected drink-driving

Sofa so good

Watch hysterical video of Alloa man struggling along the street wheeling a new sofa in an industrial waste bin

capital sex attack

Police hunting man in mid-20s with walking stick after woman indecently assaulted in Edinburgh city centre

SOUND THE ALARM

Cops scrambled to ‘suspicious incident’ near prison after beeping heard in bin – only to find a SMOKE ALARM

The security review follows last month s horror bombing at an Ariana Grande gig at the Manchester Arena. A total of 22 innocent victims lost their lives in the blast1 on May 22. Then on June 3, five people were killed and 50 injured when a terrorist drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge2 and then stabbed a police officer.

Organisers In Talks With Cops As Security Stepped Up For Royal ...

The Royal Highland Show statement added: The Show has a robust event management plan in place that has been created in collaboration with Police Scotland, our security contractor and other emergency services.

We are reviewing our plans on a regular basis in recognition of the changing external environment.

Any additional security measures likely to impact our guests will be communicated via our social media channels in the run up to the show.


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References

  1. ^ 22 innocent victims lost their lives in the blast (www.thesun.co.uk)
  2. ^ drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge (www.thesun.co.uk)
  3. ^