As the new season kicks off, Premier League clubs have been urged to issue security advice to fans due to fears terrorists could target stadiums.
Counter-terror police believe the global profile of the league means games will be targets – although there is no specific intelligence of an increased threat to grounds.Police reward to find woman who beat and strangled pensioner with own dog lead
The security advice from the police comes after four terror attacks in the UK this year.
Police held anti-terrorist workshops at Wembley and Old Trafford for football club officials designed to address the threats to sports grounds.
Superintendent Dave Roney, the deputy national coordinator for the Protect and Prepare counter-terror strategy, said clubs have been able to share best practice.
He said: ‘While there is no specific intelligence of an increased threat to football grounds in the UK, we have seen that terrorists are prepared to carry out attacks on this type of target.
‘We have been pleased with the response from the football authorities in attending our events and making renewed efforts to do all they can to keep supporters safe.’
Last year a fake bomb was found in a toilet at Old Trafford leading to the postponement of Manchester United’s game with Bournemouth.
The English Football League kicked off this weekend and the Premier League started on Friday night, with both committing to circulating security advice to all clubs to use on their websites and social media streams.
Fans entering stadiums will be searched and are being urged to get to the ground earlier and carry as little as they can.
Police are also hoping fans will remain vigilant to any threats and to evacuate immediately if told to do so.