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Premier League Games Will Have 'Extra Security' Following Paris Attacks, Admits Football Chief Richard Scudamore

17/11/2015 23:49 GMT | Updated 17/11/2015 23:59 GMT
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Football fans will be subject to extra security checks at grounds this weekend, as the Premier League boss admitted staff would be on “extra high alert” following the Paris terrorist attack.

Richard Scudamore revealed there would be more “frisking” of fans, as the domestic league kicks back into action following the international break.

Three suicide bombers targeted the Stade de France last Friday, but thanks to the actions of security guards they did not enter the stadium.

Apart from the three suicide bombers, just one other person was killed in the blasts outside the stadium - explosions which could be heard by French and German players taking part in a game at the time.

In an interview with BBC’s Newsnight, broadcast just hours after England played France in a friendly at Wembley, Mr Scudamore was asked if there would be greater security at this weekend’s games.

“Absolutely there will,” he replied. “We’ve been on high alert at Premier League games for a considerable amount of time. If you think we’re going to be on extra high alert this coming weekend, of course we are.

“The club secretaries are all meeting tomorrow and there will be a discussion and there will be a briefing and there will be further guidance issued again over the next coming days before the games start at the weekend.

Mr Scudamore added: “Ultimately if somebody is absolutely hell-bent, and that is really the word in terms of making something terrible happen, you can’t entirely rule it out and you can’t entirely stop it.”

Tonight’s international friendly saw England fans deliver a rousing version of the French national anthem before kick off as a symbol of unity with the people of Paris.

Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Prince William all attended the game, which England won 2-0.

However, the friendly between Germany and the Netherlands which was due to take place in Hannover this evening was cancelled less than two hours before kick off.

German police said “concrete” evidence of a terror attack was discovered, and the stadium was evacuated.

Despite initial reports, no explosives were found near the stadium.