An improvised explosive device was discovered close to Paris St Germain’s ground on Saturday morning hours before they were due to play Bordeaux, it has emerged.
Five people are in custody, including a terror suspect who was meant to be under surveillance, after four gas cylinders covered in petrol were found in the 16th arrondissement of the French capital.
The four cylinders were linked to a mobile phone that could ignite them causing an explosion, investigators said this morning.
The game was attended by 50,000 people later in the day who saw PSG, including the world’s most expensive footballer Neymar, win 6-2.
A source said: ”The device was soaked in petrol and operational. It was found when a local resident of the building in RueChanez called the police shortly before 4.30am on Saturday.’
The five suspects were arrested at the scene including one with Islamist links, who French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said may have slipped agents by using a friend.
The five suspects remain in custody but none have been formally identified. Details of the raids were withheld until today to allow terror police to carry out raids in the city.
Three suicide bombers targeted the Stade de France during multiple terror attacks in the city in November 2015 killing one person.