Increased Security for Champions League Matches in Response to ISIS Threat

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Following the publication of terror threats against Champions League match venues by a media organization supporting the Islamic State group, security measures will be stepped up at these games this week.

Stadiums that will be holding quarterfinal matches on Tuesday and Wednesday have been the subject of several posters urging attacks, according to a pro-IS media outlet

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Uefa acknowledged the dangers but maintained that the scheduled games in Madrid, Paris, and London would proceed without a hitch.

France and Spain have both acknowledged that they will be stepping up their security efforts.

Gérald Darmanin, France’s minister of interior, promised “considerably reinforced” security measures for Wednesday’s Paris Saint-Germain match against Barcelona.

“I will remind you that just ten days ago, IS tweeted an image of the Munich stadium and suggested that action should be taken against sporting stadiums that host football games,” Mr. Darmanin continued, adding that any sport might be attacked. We are, of course, in communication with our partners, considering the significance of the Champions League to the sport of football.

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