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Israel FA play down Wembley security fear

Israel soccer bosses are shrugging off a security breach at Wembley stadium - despite the crucial England v Israel match being only two weeks away.

A complete lack of security was exposed in The Sun on Wednesday.

Their reporter was able to get into the stadium and walk around for 90 minutes without anyone asking who he was or what he was doing there.

He even managed to get into the executive dining room, onto the pitch, into the players' tunnel and the England dressing room.

This raises concerns that a bomb could be planted ahead of the Euro 2008 qualifier against Israel on September 8.

But the Israel Football Association insists it is "not concerned at all" about any security breach.

IFA spokesman Ofer Ronen-Abels reaffirmed Israel's faith in the English football association.

He said: "We have full trust in the security supplied by the English FA. We also take our own security to all of Israel's international matches, and will do again with this match, although we won't be taking any additional security measures.

"We have been in constant contact with the English FA about the security issue since we learned about the draw 12 months ago. We have every confidence in the English FA."

A Wembley Stadium spokesperson said: "The safety and security of the stadium itself, its staff and guests is our number one priority.

"All of our security procedures have been developed in consultation with the relevant authorities including the Metropolitan Police and are reviewed for each event.

"However, we do not discuss the details of our security arrangements for obvious reasons."

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