The venue for the 2017 UEFA Champions League final hosting La Liga champion Madrid and Seria A champions Juventus will be the first to be played under a closed roof for the first time in the competition’s history, taking after a decision by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) in connection to security fears.
The FAW affirmed on Friday that the Principality Stadium roof will be closed for the match between Juventus and Real Madrid on June 3, taking after serious talks with the Wales authorities. The decision comes after the UK raised its terrorism danger level in the wake of Monday’s suicide bomb assault in Manchester, which killed 22 people.
“Following discussions between all stakeholders, the Football Association of Wales, 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, June 2,” said the FAW.
“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 2017 UEFA Champions League Final will be the first final to have been played under a closed roof and will further amplify the stadium’s atmosphere when Juventus FC take on Real Madrid CF on Saturday, June 3.”
UEFA responded by saying: “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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