England v Italy: Met Police message to fans after Brussels terror attack
The Met Police says there will be a “robust policing plan” in place for the Euro 2024 qualifier between England and Italy at Wembley this evening (October 17) following a terrorism attack in Brussels.
Two Swedish nationals were shot dead and a third person on Boulevard d’Ypres, 5km (3 miles) from the stadium where Belgium was playing Sweden to qualify for the Euro 2024 football tournament.
Police have shot dead the 45-year-old attacker named as Abdesalem.
Brussels has been on its highest terror alert ever since.
The Met Police has said given the events yesterday in Brussels, those attending the match can be reassured that they will see a highly visible policing presence.
Officers will be there to ensure the event passes off safely and provide reassurance to those attending.
Superintendent Gerry Parker, match commander for tonight’s game, said:“We have been working with our partners, including the FA, in the weeks leading up to this match to ensure those attending the Wembley area enjoy this match.
“Our officers are experienced in dealing with large-scale public order events, and a flexible plan is in place to reduce the likelihood of crime and disorder, and provide a timely response to any emerging incidents.
“Please ensure you arrive in good time for the match and remain vigilant throughout; if you see anything suspicious then flag it to an officer or one of the match stewards immediately so the necessary action can be taken.”