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UEFA Champions League Final to be played in Cardiff under closed roof

The roof of the National Stadium of Wales will be closed for the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff for safety reasons.

Following the British Government’s decision to raise the national terror threat level to critical in the wake of Monday’s terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena, several sports have reviewed their planned events.

Up to 170,000 football fans willAtravel to the capital city of Wales; to watch the showdown between Juventus and Real Madrid on 3 June. It will be the first Champions League final that will beAplayed under a closed roof.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) said safety was a “primary objective”.

The roof closure wasAsuggested because of fears of a drone attack on what is described as the biggest club football game in the world.

After discussions with stakeholders, the FAW, said it had made the decision to close the roof; after taking into consideration “recommendations made by the authorities”.

Security Priority at Cardiff

The FAW added that “delivering a safe, secure and memorable event for all stakeholders, in particular the teams and the spectators; has always been the primary objective for both the Cardiff 2017 Local Organising Committee and UEFA.”

The stadium will also host the Women’s Champions League final between Lyon and Paris St Germain on June 1; again with the roof closed for it.

A statement from UEFA, the European governing body, said; “UEFA’s priority for the UEFA Champions League final, as with all its matches; is to ensure that it is a safe and secure event for all stakeholders, from the participating teams to the supporters.

“We acknowledge the decision made by the Football Association of Wales, in consultation with the South Wales Police; to close the roof for safety and security reasons.”

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