Australian PM fears terror attacks at football finals
The Australian Football League match is expected to attract a sell out crowd of 100,000 in Melbourne on Saturday.india Updated: Sep 29, 2006 08:58 IST
Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday he worried that terrorists will target national football grand finals in Australia's two largest cities at the weekend. But Howard said Australian intelligence agencies had no evidence that terrorists will attack either grand final of the nation's two most popular football codes, Australian Rules and Rugby League. The Australian Football League match between the Sydney Swans and Perth's West Coast Eagles is expected to attract a sell out crowd of 100,000 in Melbourne on Saturday and the National Rugby League final between the Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos should draw 80,000 spectators on Sunday.
"Like everybody else, I worry about the potential (for a terrorist attack on football finals), and I hope and pray nothing happens," Howard told Southern Cross Radio in the southern city of Melbourne.