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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Spurs take action against lax steward caught skimping on his security checks ahead of Bournemouth clash
In the wake of the Dortmund bus attack3, security has been stepped up at football grounds across Europe. But the contractor was filmed by one pundit making only the most token of efforts to search fans prior to their entry into White Hart Lane. After the video was posted to Twitter, Spurs quickly responded with a statement that revealed the steward in question was actually a contractor and not a direct employee of the club’s.
The steward appears to search fans without touching them before they enter the stadium (Photo: Twitter/Mr_CallumWright) Security steward at Tottenham appears to search fans without touching them before they enter the stadium (Photo: Twitter/Mr_CallumWright)
“The contractor has apologised and we’ve taken action accordingly,” said the club.
There was a fierce backlash against the steward, who was accused of a serious lack of ‘professionalism’ and ‘laziness’ in the manner with which he carried out his duties. However, many also criticised the original poster of the video, suggesting he should have contacted the club in a more private manner. Security around football matches has been back in the spotlight following the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus that ocurred on April 12th, ahead of their Champions League clash with Monaco, which was subsequently postponed by 24 hours.
Security has been back in the spotlight following April 12th’s attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus (Photo: AFP) That attack left defender Marc Bartra in hospital with a broken wrist (Photo: Instagram/marcbartra)
While no one was seriously harmed in the incident, it did leave defender Marc Bartra in hospital with a broken wrist.
German investigators are currently investigating several lines of inquiry, with numerous far right extremist groups taking responsibility for the attack.
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IT HAS been confirmed that a new contractor will be taking over the 2017’s Royal Highland Show security operation. SHOWSEC has been named as the new organisation a company that claims to be an “award winning event and venue security specialist dedicated to achieving excellence in crowd management”. In business for more than 30 years, SHOWSEC has serviced thousands of events at over 450 venues, managing the safety of over 25 million people at sports, concerts, festivals and public events each year. Following last year’s Highland Show, claims were made on social media that a number of items of properly were stolen from the Young Farmers campsite, and it was alleged that it was the security team, Streamline Security, that had taken them. Some of these allegations included: One young farmer had her phone charging in the cabin next to the security booth . When she returned, her phone and charger had gone . She was told nothing had been handed in and that the lost property box was empty . A guard then rang her phone and she could hear it ringing .
She then saw her phone flash under piles of paper on a desk . Only then, reportedly, was she told that it had been handed in. Laura Cochrane, from central Scotland, dropped her purse on Saturday night at the paint party dance . She checked at the security booth . Five minutes later, a friend got the purse from a guard . It had no cash in it, and when she asked who handed it in, was told it was confidential information . A Lanarkshire young farmer s wallet went missing . It was handed back by a security guard, minus the cash. It was reported on Facebook that while a young farmer was lying in a room within a caravan, a security guard let himself into the caravan and, when challenged, left immediately .
This was reported to the head security guard. At the time, Streamline s managing director, William Hunter, said: I can confirm that a mobile phone was found in the possession of one of Streamline s bar staff . Following an investigation, the staff member was fired and the phone is being returned to the owner . We have passed details of the incident to the police . This is the only incident reported to either ourselves or Police Scotland.” Royal Highland Show manager, David Jackson, also commented in the 2016 show aftermath: These are concerning allegations and we will work with Police Scotland and Streamline Leisure to investigate and take appropriate action. This week, The Scottish Farmer asked the Royal Highland Show’s public relations spokesman if last year’s row was the reason for the change of security provider, but had received no reply at time of going to press.