“Friends Arena” (Stockholm, Sweden)

© EPA/Fredrik Sandberg

MOSCOW, may 23. /TASS/. The final football match of the Europa League in the Swedish Stockholm will be held under heightened security. This is stated in the message of the Union of European football associations (UEFA).

A blast at the indoor stadium “Manchester-arena” has thundered approximately at 22:35 local time (00:35 GMT on Tuesday), immediately after the speech, the American pop singer Ariana Grande. An explosive device detonated outside a concert hall in the foyer. The incident qualified as a terrorist attack. According to the latest data, the victims of the explosion were 22 people, wounded 59 more.

“The UEFA shocked by what happened in Manchester attack. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families”, – is told in the message.

“Now there is no information to suggest that any event associated with the final of the Europa League, could become a target for attack . UEFA worked closely with the local authorities and the Swedish football Association for many months, and the risk of terrorist attack was taken into account from the beginning. In addition, a number of additional measures for the implementation of security was adopted after the terrorist attack in Stockholm in April. UEFA encourages fans to arrive to the stadium as early as possible, as due to enhanced security measures will be carried out detailed inspections at the entrance, which will lead to potential delays in the access to the stadium”, – reads the statement of UEFA.

In the final meet English “Manchester United” and the Dutch “Ajax”. The meeting will be held on Wednesday at the stadium “Friends arena”, beginning at 21:45 GMT.

April 7 stolen truck had run into people on the street Drottninggatan in Central Stockholm, passing on her 550 meters. According to police, were injured 15 people, five of them died. The incident also classified as a terrorist attack.

See also

The attack after the concert: an explosion in Manchester has killed at least 20 people

“Manchester United” tied with “Celta” and reached the final of football League of Europe

Ajax lost against Lyon, but reached the final of football League of Europe