Flasks banned from Hillsborough as Sheffield Wednesday up security following Paris attacks

Sheffield Wednesday fans
Sheffield Wednesday fans

Sheffield Wednesday supporters will be banned from bringing flasks or Tupperware into Hillsborough tomorrow as security is stepped up following the Paris attacks.

More than 20,000 fans are expected for tomorrow’s Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield and the club has warned supporters increased security measures will be in place following consultation with counter-terrorism officers from South Yorkshire Police.

A spokesman said: “Sheffield Wednesday will now adopt a policy of increased searching of all bags, back-packs and holdalls and due to the heightened security status, ground regulations relative to these items will be strictly enforced.

“For clarification, all containers, including flasks and Tupperware-type items will no longer be allowed into the stadium.

“Please help us by not bringing these items to Hillsborough when you visit.”

Before tomorrow’s game, there will be a minute’s silence for the victims of the Paris terror attacks, which left 129 people dead.

Wednesday have two French players on their books, Jeremy Helan and Claude Dielna.

Among the terrorists’ targets was the Stade de France football stadium, where France were playing Germany.

The Premier League has also announced the French national anthem will be played before all matches this weekend in remembrance for those affected by the terror attacks on Paris.

There are 72 French players at top-flight clubs, the biggest number from a single nationality after England, and a choral version of La Marseillaise will be played after the coin toss, with players from both teams joining officials in the centre circle facing the main stand.

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said: “Given how close we are as well as the long-standing relationship that exists between the Premier League and France, playing La Marseillaise as an act of solidarity and remembrance is the right thing to do.

“We were all saddened and deeply shocked by the events in Paris last Friday, and the fact it was an attack on people enjoying their everyday freedoms like going to a bar, a concert or a football match resonates with football fans and the general public throughout the UK.”

The move follows England and France fans joining together to sing La Marseillaise at Tuesday’s friendly international at Wembley, to remember the 129 people who died. England fans also held aloft a mosaic of the French flag during the national anthem.

Premier League clubs will also liaise with their local police forces to deliver extra security measures at matches this weekend due to the “heightened sense of awareness” after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. Although the ‘severe’ threat level remains unchanged, the clubs have been fully briefed on the latest security advice.

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