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Increased security for England vs Italy at Wembley after Brussels attack

There will be increased security measures at Wembley Stadium for England’s 2024 European Championship qualifier against Italy on Tuesday, according to Sky Sports News.

Two fatal shootings forced the abandonment of Belgium’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Sweden last night after the match was halted at half-time. 

Fans from both teams were confined to the stadium while armed officers scoured the premises in search of the attacker.

Belgian authorities have confirmed the suspected gunman has been shot and killed by armed officers.

The Belgian government expressed concern about the potential presence of further accomplices and raised their terror alert to the highest level.

The Metropolitan Police in London has taken notice, implementing a robust policing plan for Tuesday’s game at Wembley. 

The goal is to provide reassurance to fans, promising a visible policing presence throughout the event.

Superintendent Gerry Parker said: “We have been working closely with our partners, including the Football Association (FA), in the weeks leading up to this match to ensure that those attending the Wembley area can enjoy the match safely. 

“Our officers are well-versed in managing large-scale public events, and a flexible plan is in place to minimize the risk of crime and disorder, with a swift response to any emerging incidents.”

Before the Brussels incident, officials were already preparing for enhanced security measures for the game due to a previous controversy. 

The FA faced criticism for not illuminating the iconic Wembley arch in support of Israeli victims affected by conflict in the Middle East involving Hamas. 

They decided the England team would wear black armbands and observe a minute of silence during Friday night’s friendly against Australia, honouring the innocent victims on all sides of the Israel-Gaza conflict.

With the backdrop of the Brussels attack and the FA’s recent actions, there will be a greater presence of police officers and FA security officials on duty at Wembley for tonight’s game. 

The tragic incident in Brussels is the second terrorist attack in Europe within four days, following the murder of a teacher in France on Friday. 

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