Scottish Daily Mail

Ex­tra se­cu­rity for French visit

- By MATT BAR­LOW and SAMI MOKBEL

Eng­land will play France amid en­hanced se­cu­rity at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium tomorrow night as foot­ball pre­pares to stand to­gether against terror.

There will be an in­creased po­lice pres­ence on the ground sur­round­ing Wem­b­ley, with bag searches and thor­ough per­sonal se­cu­rity checks at the turn­stiles.

The France team, due to ar­rive in lon­don to­day, will re­ceive added se­cu­rity dur­ing their time in the city. di­dier deschamps and his play­ers are also due to train at Wem­b­ley to­day.

all 23 mem­bers of the squad — in­clud­ing las­sana diarra and an­toine griez­mann — were given the chance to with­draw by the coach but none did af­ter the French Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion de­clined the Foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion’s of­fer to can­cel the match.

diarra’s cousin, asta di­akite, was one of the vic­tims on Fri­day, while griez­mann’s sis­ter man­aged to es­cape the mass killing at the Bat­a­clan the­atre.

a crowd of more than 70,000 is ex­pected at Wem­b­ley and home fans will have the chance to show sol­i­dar­ity with the French and 1,400 vis­it­ing supporters from across the Chan­nel by singing along with the French na­tional an­them, La Mar­seil­laise.

Words will be dis­played on the big screens dur­ing the an­thems.

The sta­dium’s gi­ant arch will shine in red, white and blue through­out the game and the French tri­col­ore and na­tional motto of Lib­erté, Egal­ité, Fra­ter­nité will be shown on the LED screens which face supporters as they ar­rive on Wem­b­ley Way.

The game will be pre­ceded by a minute’s si­lence and both teams will wear black arm­bands in hon­our of the 129 peo­ple killed dur­ing a se­ries of co-or­di­nated in­ci­dents in Paris on Fri­day.

The at­tacks in­cluded an at­tempt by one sui­cide bomber to ac­cess the Stade de France dur­ing a game against ger­many.

He was de­nied en­try by se­cu­rity and det­o­nated the de­vice out­side the ground.

Ex­plo­sions shook the sta­dium dur­ing the game and the ger­many team spent the night in­side the Stade de France.

The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice’s as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Mark Row­ley said Bri­tain was braced for sim­i­lar at­tacks, with ad­di­tional num­bers of uni­formed of­fi­cers de­tailed to key lo­ca­tions, and backed by armed un­der­cover agents.

Fans at­tend­ing tomorrow’s game have been as­sured by coun­tert­er­ror­ism ex­perts that there is no spe­cific threat to this event.

The Fa have taken their lead from their French coun­ter­parts, the FFF, who wanted to go ahead with the fix­ture.

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