FA says no additional security measures required for England’s trip to Germany

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The Football Association remains in close dialogue with its counterpart in Germany over security issues before England’s game at Berlin’s Olympic stadium on Saturday but, at present, no extra measures are expected to be implemented.

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The governing body sent its sympathies to the Belgian Football Federation on Tuesday in the wake of the terrorist attacks at Brussels airport and at a metro station in the city, with news of the atrocities prompting further conversations with the DFB over arrangements for the weekend friendly. The England squad convened at St George’s Park on Tuesday and are due to fly to Berlin on Friday.

“Our plans have not changed,” an FA spokesman said. “There have been no changes made to our itinerary and we have been in constant contact with the German authorities. Our security measures are already very stringent.”

The FA is likely to issue guidance to its England Supporters’ Travel Club members travelling to the game, and will liaise with the DFB over a minute’s silence before kick-off.

Tuesday’s friendly, against Holland at Wembley, is sold out and security will be tight around the game, as it was when France visited the national stadium in the wake of the attacks in Paris last November.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Dominic Fifield, for The Guardian on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 22.33 Europe/London

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