English Premier League to intensify security check

London, Nov 21 (IANS) The English Premier League gave safety briefings to all 20 clubs and the supporters have been asked to arrive at grounds earlier than usual due to the extra security checks.

There has been no change to Britain’s terror threat level of “severe” and Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore reassured fans that the football authorities remained on “high alert”, Xinhua reported on Saturday.

Meanwhile the Premier League will continue its show of solidarity with France as “La Marseillaise” will drift out across Premier League stadiums this weekend after last week’s devastating terror attacks in Paris.

Fans of France and England united for a moving rendition of the French national anthem prior to Tuesday’s Wembley friendly and the rousing battle hymn is to be played again before each of this weekend’s 10 games.

“I think it’s a nice gesture of solidarity,” said Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger, whose side, co-leaders with Manchester City, visit West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Louis van Gaal, whose Manchester United side go to Watford in the first game of the weekend on Saturday lunchtime, applauded football’s response to the events.

“We can give support in symbols which is a nice thing for the French people, for the victims and the relatives of the victims,” he said.

 

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