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Uefa confirm Europa League final will go ahead despite Manchester attacks

Manchester United are due to play Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday.

The Europa League final will go ahead tomorrow night.
The Europa League final will go ahead tomorrow night.
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FOLLOWING THE TERRORIST attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead in Manchester last night, Uefa has confirmed that Wednesday’s Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax will go ahead in Stockholm.

European football’s governing body has said that there “is no specific intelligence which might suggest that any of the Uefa Europa League final activities in Stockholm may be the target of attacks.”

The statement continues:

“Uefa has been closely working with local authorities and the Swedish FA for many months and the terrorist risk had been taken into account since the very beginning of the project.

Furthermore, a number of additional security measures were implemented following the attacks in Stockholm last April.

“Due to tight security arrangements, Uefa urges fans to arrive at the stadium as early as possible as, as detailed checks will be made at the entrances, resulting in potential delays in accessing the stadium.”

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin added:

I am deeply saddened by the horrible terrorist attack in Manchester last night.

“It shocks me that so many innocent people lost their lives and I would like to send my condolences to the families of those affected.”

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