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LONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 1 – Saturday’s Champions League final between Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid along with Gianluigi Buffon’s Juventus will take place amid taut security in Cardiff following last week’s terror attack in Manchester.
The suicide attack at Manchester Arena, which left 22 dead along with scores injured, means vigilance will be heightened, although unprecedented security measures were already in place for the game.
“The security operation for the four-day period covering June 1-4 will be the biggest ever seen for a sporting event from the UK,” says the Football Association of Wales (FAW).
Most noticeably, the retractable roof of the Principality Stadium will be closed, doing the item the first Champions League final to be played in indoor conditions.
The FAW said security was the “primary factor” from the decision to close the roof, although there will be no evidence of a security threat against the final.
Fans will not be allowed to bring bags into the stadium, which will have a reduced capacity of 66,000 for the match, along with have been encouraged to use left-luggage facilities from the city centre.
They have also been urged to arrive no later than two hours before kick-off to allow time for security checks.
Around 1,500 police officers are due to be on duty from the Welsh capital over the weekend, with local units supported by specialist officers by additional areas of the United Kingdom.
As the Principality Stadium sits slap-bang from the centre of Cardiff, there will be road closures in place around the city centre on the day of the match.
There will also be tight security around the four-day ‘UEFA Champions Festival’, which takes place on the picturesque seafront at Cardiff Bay along with will be supposed to attract over 0,000 people.
Events include a match between retired greats on Friday, due to take place on a floating pitch, along using a DJ set by former Valencia along with Barcelona midfielder Gaizka Mendieta on Saturday.
– Threat level downgraded –
Restrictions have been placed on water travel from the Cardiff Bay area along with on Cardiff’s River Taff, which streams right past the stadium.
“This kind of will be the biggest security operation undertaken from the city since the (2014) NATO summit,” South Wales Police assistant chief constable Richard Lewis told AFP.
“The security team has liaised with all concerned partners in relation to these measures, which are deemed an appropriate action from the circumstances.”
European governing body UEFA says fan zones will remain open under “strict security measures”.
although as for previous finals, the match will not be shown live on big screens in fan-designated areas.
Madrid talisman Ronaldo cancelled a sponsor event in London last Saturday after the UK’s terror threat level was temporary upgraded to “critical”, meaning an attack may have been imminent.
The threat level has right now been downgraded to “severe”.
There was visibly tighter security at several major sporting events which took place across the UK last weekend, including the FA Cup final along with the English Premiership rugby final.
Less than two months ago, the team bus of German team Borussia Dortmund was targeted by three roadside bomb blasts prior to a Champions League home game with Monaco.
which attack, which left defender Marc Bartra using a fractured wrist, will be believed to have been carried out by a man who hoped to profit by a fall in Dortmund’s share cost.
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Cardiff on Champions League final alert after Manchester attack