EUROPA FINAL NOT THREATENED BY TERRORIST ATTACKS-UEFA
UEFA says there is no intelligence to suggest that the Europa League final could be the target of attacks following Monday’s incident in Manchester.
At least 22 people were killed and 59 injured, including children, in an explosion at the end of a concert at Manchester Arena at around 22:33 local time, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have confirmed.
“There is currently no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the Europa League final activities in Stockholm may be the target of attacks,” a statement from European football’s governing body read.
“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 delays in accessing the stadium.”