Scottish Daily Mail
Extra security for French visit
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.