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Manchester terror attack: Heightened security at Wembley Stadium promised as arch is lit red, white and blue to remember victims

The national stadium is set to host the FA Cup final plus two English Football League play-off finals over the bank holiday weekend

The arch at Wembley Stadium was lit red, white and blue overnight, with “For Manchester” written on its giant screens, as sport reacted to the terrorist attack that killed 22 people on Monday (May 22) .

As well as expressions of shock and sympathy, the main response from clubs, governing bodies and venues was to promise increased security at major events around the country.

Fans at football’s FA Cup final, Scottish Cup final and two English Football League play-off finals, as well as rugby union’s Aviva Premiership decider at Twickenham , can expect to see more armed police and face longer checks.

Wembley Stadium lit up after the Manchester concert bomb attack(Image: Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

Wembley Arena was lit in tribute to the Manchester victims on Tuesday May 23.

Metropolitan Police commander Jane Connors said London’s security plans were under review and all would be done to “mitigate against the severe threat we face from terrorists”.

Wembley Stadium officials said there will be “an enhanced security operation for all upcoming events”, while a spokesman for the Football Association encouraged supporters coming to Saturday’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea to arrive as early as possible for additional checks.

Wembley Arena was also lit in tribute to the Manchester victims(Image: The FA / Contributor)

With Wembley also hosting Sunday’s League Two play-off final and Monday’s Championship finale, an EFL (English Football League) spokesman said there have been “no specific threats” but urged fans “to be vigilant of their surroundings at all times, stay alert and not be alarmed”.

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