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Terrorists at Old Trafford?

This hits close to home, even for an Arsenal fan:

Manchester Utd tightened security for Tuesday's home game against Charlton after reports Old Trafford was to be the target of a terrorist attack. Assistant Chief Constable Dave Whatton said the decision had been made in the light of media speculation.

It follows the arrest of 10 people under the Terrorism Act on Monday, seven were detained in Manchester. ... Newspapers reports claimed the 10 being held under anti-terror laws had tickets for seats scattered throughout the stadium.

... The nine men and one woman were arrested on Monday after 400 police were involved in raids.

Greater Manchester Police is seeking warrants for further detention from magistrates in the city for eight of the suspects.

They stand accused of involvement in the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism.

The Man Utd site reports that the ten tickets in question were reportedly for this weekend's match with Liverpool, always a prominent fixture in the English season. Old Trafford seats 68,000, a frightful thought.

The stepped up security for the Charlton match was referred to on Sky Sports News last night, but I had no idea that the threat was of this magnitude. Via Andrew at Always Right, who notes: "This would be the worldwide equivalent of attacking Yankee Stadium and The Rose Bowl (combined)." This is troubling, as ever. But like many a sports fan, I feel a connection to places I've been and people I've watched perform at the highest level. It heightens ones sensitivity to the threat.

My gut reaction? No mercy for terrorists and their accomplices. Otherwise unprintable

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