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FA Cup final security stepped up as 90000 fans descend on Wembley as Arsenal take on Chelsea

Armed police surround Wembley as security is stepped up on FA Cup1 final day.

Nearly 90,000 fans will descend on the national stadium as Arsenal2 take on Chelsea3 in English football’s showpiece event.

Events in Manchester earlier in the week saw the terror threat level raised to critical by the government. Twenty two people lost their lives when a suicide bomber struck at the end of a pop concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday night. The threat level was reduced back down to severe earlier on Saturday.

There was a heavy police presence at Wembley Additional officers were deployed to the stadium Police monitor fans arriving on Wembley Way

Police will have an increased presence right around Wembley and outside of the Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham earlier in the day. There will be a similar attention to security at the League Two and Championship play-off finals over Sunday and Monday. Metropolitan Police confirmed extra armed officers will be deployed with a full review of the security and policing operations under way.

Supporters and staff were searched as they entered the stadium Police maintained a heavy presence at the national stadium Police are hopeful that the game goes by without incident

A statement on their website read: A full review of the security and policing operations for the weekend s sporting events – the culmination of the football and rugby seasons at Wembley and Twickenham – is underway.

This will include the deployment of extra armed officers. Earlier in the week, an FA spokesperson said: Fan safety is of paramount importance and we have robust security measures in place at Wembley Stadium.

Everybody was searched as they got near to the stadium Police remained on guard from the tube stop right to the stadium

In collaboration with the Metropolitan Police and the local authorities there will be an enhanced security operation for all upcoming events.

All supporters are encouraged to arrive for events at Wembley Stadium as early as possible for security checks and to avoid any delays in entering the stadium.

Security was also stepped up in Scotland for the Scottish Cup final There was a large police presence deployed Officers were armed with guns as they watched the arriving fans

Security was also stepped up at Hampden for the Scottish cup final, which kicked off at 3pm. Armed police were also seen monitoring the movements of the supporters as they made their way to the stadium.

References

  1. ^ FA Cup (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Arsenal (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Chelsea (www.mirror.co.uk)

Extra security in place for Arsenal-Chelsea FA Cup final

Last Updated: 23/05/17 2:27pm

Wembley will have enhanced security for Saturday’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea

The Football Association says “enhanced security” will be in place at the FA Cup final in the wake of Monday’s Manchester attack. A terrorist attack at the end of a concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday night left 22 people dead and 59 injured. And sporting organisations including the FA, the EFL and the International Cricket Council have sought to reassure supporters due to attend upcoming games. The victims of the attack will be remembered at Saturday’s final between Arsenal and Chelsea, and fans have been told to expect extra security checks at Wembley.

“Fan safety is of paramount importance and we have robust security measures in place at Wembley Stadium,” an FA statement read. “In collaboration with the Metropolitan Police and the local authorities there will be an enhanced security operation for all upcoming events. “All supporters are encouraged to arrive for events at Wembley Stadium as early as possible for security checks and to avoid any delays in entering the stadium.”

Wembley also hosts the League Two and Championship play-off finals on Sunday and Monday, and an EFL statement read: “Whilst there have been no specific threats in this country, our Security Advisor will be liaising with Wembley Stadium, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) and the Metropolitan Police to ensure the arrangements in place provide a safe and secure environment for all supporters attending this weekend’s play-off matches. “The safety of fans remains our highest priority . The EFL takes security issues extremely seriously and we would urge all supporters planning to be at Wembley Stadium to be vigilant of their surroundings at all times, stay alert and not be alarmed.”

Manchester United held a minute’s silence for the victims and those injured in the Manchester attacks

Manchester United held a minute’s silence for the victims as they prepared to fly out for Wednesday’s Europa League final in Stockholm, where stringent security measures are in place1. The ICC, meanwhile, says security is the “highest priority” ahead of its Champions Trophy and Women’s World Cup tournaments in England. “We operate on advice from our Tournament Security Directorate – in conjunction with the ECB and relevant authorities – to ensure that we have a robust safety and security plan for both tournaments,” a statement read. “We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels.

“The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe.”

References

  1. ^ stringent security measures are in place (www.skysports.com)

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 A pitchside view

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“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

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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References

  1. ^ Europa League (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Manchester United (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Ajax (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ terror attack (www.mirror.co.uk)
  5. ^ Stockholm terror attack (www.mirror.co.uk)