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IS threat: Tight security at Champions League matches

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A source in Spain's interior ministry told The Times that the government had activated early warning and defense measures so that football fans and citizens could go about their daily business in peace.

Al-Azaim, an IS propaganda organization, announced the threat of an attack on the Champions League in a post on social media today. On behalf of IS, they published a picture like a poster on various social media including X. This week's four Champions League quarter-final first leg matches will be played at London's Emirates Stadium, Paris' Parc des Princes, Madrid's Metropolitan Arena and the Santiago Bernabeu.

A photo released by IS shows a man dressed in black standing with an AK-47 rifle. In front of the man is a huge stadium and behind him is written the names of the four venues of the Champions League this week. The caption above the image reads, 'Kill everyone.'

Despite this threat, UEFA announced that the matches will be held at the scheduled time. “We will deploy security forces in line with the level of alert set by intelligence agencies and state security forces,” Spanish government representative Francisco Martín from Madrid told The Times.

Meanwhile, the London Metropolitan Police has also taken measures against the threat. London Police Assistant Commissioner Ade Adelekan said: 'I want to reassure the public that we have a robust policing plan in place for tonight's match and we continue to work closely with the club's security team to ensure that the match is peaceful.'

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said that due to the threat, their police chief has also taken adequate security measures.

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