FAI ramp up security at Aviva for Bosnia match following Paris terror attacks
The Football Association of Ireland will ramp up security measures for tonight's play-off second leg against Bosnia in the wake of the Paris terror attacks over the weekend.
The Stade de France was targeted on Friday night during a friendly between Germany and France when a suicide bomber blew himself up after being refused entry to the stadium.
Both teams were forced to spend the night in the stadium following the attcks. Germany were taken to the airport on Saturday morning to return home rather than returning to their hotel, which had been subject to a bomb threat earlier on Friday.
France's players refused to return to their homes as a show of solidarity with their opponents.
The FAI have insisted that they will take all the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all spectators in the Aviva Stadium tonight.
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Director of Communications at the FAI, Ian Mallon, told Independent.ie today: “There is already a rigorous and thorough match-day security operation in place at the Aviva’ for every football game, and particularly for Category One fixtures such as this Playoff tie against Bosnia & Herzegovina.
“In the wake of the series of attacks in Paris and at the Stade de France, the level of alertness will be at an absolute maximum.
“As with every game the overall security operation will include a sweep of the stadium with dogs and manpower, for any suspect packages or devices – and this will be constant throughout the day.
“At all entry points to the stadium security staff will operate on an increased level of awareness and will scrutinize all those arriving with a heightened level of anticipation, with body and bag searches where necessary.
“In the immediate aftermath of the Paris attacks, we have taken steps to increase awareness at all operational and security briefings with added emphasis to all staff and stewards to increase awareness and to demonstrate extra vigilance.
“The Emergency Evacuation Procedure, which is in place for all matches at the stadium, will be reasserted to all staff and manpower in the build-up to the game.
“I would like to add that the Football Association of Ireland would like to extend its sympathies and support to the French nation at this time of great pain.”