Football fans warned of terror threat as new Premier League season kicks off

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

But football club officials from across the country have attended two police workshops, held at Wembley and Old Trafford, created to address the threats to sports grounds.

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office has been working with the English Premier League (EPL), English Football League (EFL) and Football Association (FA) to help improve stadium security.

The advice follows the recent bomb attack on the Manchester Arena as well as terror attacks in London.

Despite the concerns, there is no specific intelligence of an increased threat to grounds.

Police Superintendent Dave Roney, Deputy National Coordinator for Protect and Prepare, said: "While there is no specific intelligence of an increased threat to football grounds in the United Kingdom, we have seen that terrorists are prepared to carry out attacks on this type of target".

"We have been pleased with the response from the football authorities in attending our events and making renewed efforts to do all they can to keep supporters safe", he said, according to the newspaper.

Previous year a fake bomb was found in a toilet at Old Trafford leading to the postponement of Manchester United's game with Bournemouth.

The Premier League kicked off on Friday night and all clubs have been told to warn crowds of extra security measures in place - including increased checks and restrictions on what can be brought into the stadium.

Fans will also be urged to remain vigilant, and to evacuate immediately if told to do so rather than waiting around to film on mobile phones.

Fans entering stadiums will be searched and are being urged to get to the ground earlier and carry as little as they can.

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