Sunday 25 September 2016

Media centre evacuated ahead of Ireland v Italy due to 'bomb scare'

Published 22/06/2016 | 17:21

A general view of Stade Pierre-Mauroy ahead of Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland
A general view of Stade Pierre-Mauroy ahead of Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland

UEFA have confirmed that the stadium media centre in Lille was evacuated ahead of Wednesday's Republic of Ireland v Italy game amid a bomb scare.

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It is understood people were asked to leave the media facility at the Stade Pierre Mauroy as a precaution after police using sniffer dogs discovered a suspicious package hours before the Euro 2016 Group E fixture was due to kick-off.

However, a UEFA spokesman later revealed that the item was innocent and was no danger to anyone present.

Asked about the evacuation, the spokesman said: "This is correct. It was a false alarm."

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