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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Officers had received reports a robbery was in progress. Arriving at the scene, they found a security guard, 63, suffering gunshot wounds.
Paramedics from London Ambulance Service attended the scene and transferred the man to an east London hospital. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
A Met Police spokesman said: “Officers attended along with firearms officers and a security guard, a 53-year-old man was found at the location suffering from gunshot injuries.
“His injuries are not being treated as life threatening or life-changing.
“Officers from the Met’s Flying Squad are investigating.
Fisherman who caught 200kg grouper fish feared it had swallowed SECURITY GUARD when they found gold badge …
He also said selling the fish at the local market became harder once locals feared it had eaten someone for its dinner. Arnold Constantino landed the 200kg beast in a trawler’s net off the coast of Kalibo, Philippines, on April 25. He dragged the seven-foot long predator to the local market where workers sliced it open to check it could be sold.
But they were horrified when they found a shiny gold badge inside its stomach that appeared to belong to a security officer.
The grouper weighed 200kg and was seven foot long (Photo: Viral Press)
Mystified locals believe the fish had eaten the badge by mistake – or swallowed the dead body of someone who had drowned at sea. Arnold told local radio that it was the biggest grouper he had caught, with the largest versions usually weighing in around 100kg.
He said: “This one was big . I pulled it in at 6am and went straight to the market to see how much I could sell it for.
“We sliced it open to check the meat, to see how much it was worth . And then the badge was found inside.
“Nobody knows why there was a badge inside . It caused some panic . Did it attack somebody, or swallow someone missing at sea ? We are not sure.
“Selling the fish was harder when traders thought it might have eaten a human .
I had to take a lower price.”
They found a security badge inside the fish (Photo: Viral Press)
Groupers – also known as lapu-lapu fish in Asia or hammour fish in the Middle East – snare other fish by swallowing them whole.
The biggest one ever caught is believed to have been in Costa Rica in 2010 weighing some 250kg.