UEFA confirm Europa League final to go ahead but will increase security in wake of Manchester attack
European football’s governing body, UEFA, have confirmed that the Europa League1 final between Manchester United2 and Ajax3 in Stockholm will go ahead following the tragic events at Manchester Arena on Monday night. A terror attack4 at an Ariana Grande concert left 22 people dead and 59 injured. UEFA have two major finals in the next 11 days, with Wednesday’s clash followed by the pinnacle of the European season on Saturday week – the Champions League final in Cardiff.
They have been liaising with Swedish police ahead of the match in Stockholm for a number of months, increasing their detail following the Stockholm terror attack5 in April, which left five people dead and 15 other injured when a hijacked truck was eliberately driven into crowds along Drottninggatan,. Seeking to allay fears, UEFA have stated that there is “currently no specific intelligence” that the final will be targeted. UEFA have urged supporters travelling to the Friends Arena that “detailed checks” will take place upon arrival.
Stockholm’s Friends Arena (Photo: Getty) A pitchside view (Photo: 2017 Getty Images)
“UEFA is shocked by last night’s attack in Manchester .
Our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those affected,” read the statement.
“There is currently no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the UEFA Europa League final activities in Stockholm may be the target of attacks.
“UEFA has been closely working with local authorities and the Swedish FA for many months and the terrorist risk had been taken into account since the very beginning of the project.
“Furthermore, a number of additional security measures were implemented following the attacks in Stockholm last April.
“Due to the tight security arrangements, UEFA urges fans to arrive at the stadium as early as possible, as detailed checks will be made at the entrances, resulting in potential in accessing the stadium.”
United fly out to the Swedish capital on Tuesday, ahead of the clash with the Dutch giants .
They are expected to ask UEFA if they can wear black armbands.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin offered his condolences (Photo: REUTERS)
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin added: “I am deeply saddened by the horrible terrorist attack in Manchester last night.
“It shocks me that so many innocent people lost their lives and I would like to send my condolences to the families of those affected.”
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Gun owners2 were only made aware their details had been given out after a police campaign leaflet, posted from Leeds, was sent through their letterboxes last month, according to technology website The Register. The website said the leaflets raised severe security implications for the capital s gun owners, which it estimated to be about 5,000 rifle owners and 25,000 shotgun owners. However the Met said the company used to distribute leaflets is a reputable agency specifically contracted by the police and holds appropriate security accreditation.
A spokesman added the force is investigating the complaints, but is assured that all personal data was deleted. The leaflet advised gun owners to protect their firearms with SmartWater forensic property marking , a gun protection pack with a 8.95 charge for membership. The envelopes containing the leaflets were allegedly marked with a return address for a business centre in Leeds, home of Corporate Document Services (CDS), a direct marketing company.
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