Security raised for Champions League ties after terror threats received

Security will be increased at Champions League games this week after the Islamic State group published threats against venues.

Two English clubs – Arsenal and Man City – are among those involved in the matches, playing the first legs of their quarter-final ties tonight. The Gunners will host Bayern Munich, while City are away at Real Madrid.

Tomorrow, there are two further games in France and Spain. Paris St Germain host Barcelona and Atletico Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund.

Uefa said it was aware of the threats but said the games would go ahead as planned, while the Met Police hasve issued the following statement:

“The UK terrorism threat level remains at ‘substantial’ meaning an attack is likely, and we work closely with colleagues from across Counter Terrorism Policing in planning for events here in London, to take into account any relevant information that could help us to keep those attending safe.

“We’re aware of online and media reports in relation to calls to target matches across Europe and here in London. However, I want to reassure the public that we have a robust policing plan in place for tonight’s match and we continue to work closely alongside the club’s security team to ensure that the match passes peacefully.”