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UEFA Champions League final to be played under roof amid fears of terrorist drone attack

The FA of Wales said it will also be shut for training ­sessions at the 74,500-seat stadium in the wake of increased security

The Champions League final will definitely be played ­under a closed roof.

Welsh FA chiefs have decided Cardiff’s Principality Stadium roof will be used to prevent any chance of a terrorist drone attack.

The retractable roof – usually only ever used during bad weather – will be shut for the match and two training sessions to protect against an aerial attack.

Football chiefs will close Cardiff's Principality Stadium roof for the Champions League final next weekend

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Football chiefs will close Cardiff’s Principality Stadium roof for the Champions League final next weekend

Some 15,000 cops including armed officers will patrol Cardiff for the clash between Real Madrid and Juventus next Saturday.

The army will provide extra security at Wembley today for the FA Cup Final, the play offs and rugby final at Twickenham.

UEFA called for the roof closure at the 74,500 Principality Stadium, renamed National Stadium of Wales for the final, after the Borussia Dortmund bus bombing last month.

The decision came amid fears of a terrorist drone attack on football fans

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The decision came amid fears of a terrorist drone attack on football fans

It will be the first time a Champions League final will be played under a roof

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It will be the first time a Champions League final will be played under a roof

A Football Association of Wales spokesman said: “Following discussions between all stakeholders, the Football Association of Wales (FAW), as the organiser of the event, has made the decision to close the roof of the National Stadium of Wales for the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final – the roof will also be closed for the two official training sessions to be held at the Stadium on Friday 2 June.

“The decision to close the roof was taken by the FAW taking into consideration the recommendations made by the authorities over the last few weeks.

“The two finalists have just been made aware of the decision.”

The Army will drafted in as security for today's FA Cup Final at Wembley

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The Army will drafted in as security for today’s FA Cup Final at Wembley

The Government has upped police presence on the streets of Britain following the Manchester terror attack earlier in the week

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The Government has upped police presence on the streets of Britain following the Manchester terror attack earlier in the week

Fans are being advised to allow extra time to get into the stadiums this weekend, Security experts say drones carrying bombs are now the “weapon of choice” for Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

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