As the new season kicks off, Premier League clubs have been urged to issue security advice to fans due to fears terrorists could target stadiums. Counter-terror police believe the global profile of the league means games will be targets – although there is no specific intelligence of an increased threat to grounds.
The security advice from the police comes after four terror attacks in the UK this year. Police held anti-terrorist workshops at Wembley and Old Trafford for football club officials designed to address the threats to sports grounds.
Superintendent Dave Roney, the deputy national coordinator for the Protect and Prepare counter-terror strategy, issued the warning: “While there is no specific intelligence of an increased threat to football grounds in the UK, we have seen that terrorists are prepared to carry out attacks on this type of target.”