The English Football Association says there will more security checks, a greater presence of armed police and a slower entrance procedure for Tuesday’s soccer friendly match between England and France at London’s Wembley Stadium, which is being played four days after the Paris attacks.
“The match tomorrow is going to have massive global significance,” FA chief executive Martin Glenn says. “It’s the first big event to happen since the tragedy of last Friday… the eyes of the world will be on Wembley tomorrow, not just the eyes of the French and English people.”
Glenn says it is important for the French and English teams to play and show solidarity, “to demonstrate that terrorism won’t win.”
England captain Wayne Rooney says he and his teammates have no concerns about playing the game.
“I think the world of football has to stay strong together,” Rooney says. “I’m sure everyone will do that and try to deal with the situation to the best everyone knows how to do. I’m sure football will bring people together.”