Security has been heightened at the Wembley stadium ahead of England’s Euro qualifier against Italy on Tuesday after the death of two Swedish nationals in Brussels.
Belgium’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Sweden was called off at halftime due to the tragic shootings on Monday evening.
Both groups of supporters were held in the stadium while armed officers looked for the perpetrator.
Belgian police say the alleged gunman has died after being shot by armed cops and taken to hospital.
As a result of the incident, Belgium’s terror caution has been elevated to its highest level, with the authorities in Brussels saying they cannot rule out the involvement of further accomplices.
The Metropolitan Police say a “robust policing plan” is in place for Tuesday’s game, and fans can be “reassured” of a “highly visible policing presence.”
Superintendent Gerry Parker, the match commander for England’s game against Italy, said:
“We have been working with our partners, including the FA, in the weeks leading up to this match to ensure those attending the Wembley area enjoy this match.
“Our officers are experienced in dealing with large-scale public order events, and a flexible plan is in place to reduce the likelihood of crime and disorder, and provide a timely response to any emerging incidents.”
Officials were said to be planning for stiffer security measures on Tuesday night after the FA was chastised for failing to light the Wembley Arch in support of Israeli casualties at the hands of Hamas in the Middle East.
Instead, England’s FA decided that they would wear black armbands and observe a minute’s silence against Australia in commemoration of the innocent souls who have died on all sides of the conflict in Israel and Gaza.